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Long NBA Winning Streaks That ALMOST Happened

By winning 27 straight games in 2013 Miami Heat not only reached a second place on list of the longest winning streak in NBA history but they also reminded everybody about the difficulty of Lakers’ remarkable feat of winning 33 games in a row and received insurmountable amount of media attention because they were so close.
While the answer may seem obvious, was it really the best opportunity to break the record?

This is a story about forgotten heroes: the longest winning streaks in the NBA that ALMOST happened but because of couple untimely points here and there they didn’t so very few remember them.

My approach to find them was pretty simple, using all-time NBA schedule and results from basketball-reference.com I tried to locate multiple winning streaks next to each other interrupted by some close losses. Because I had history in mind I ignored potential streaks shorter than 18 games [only 9 such streaks really did happen] and to make it somewhat realistic all losses during them had to be by single-digits.

Such searching pattern surprisingly came up with 90[!] potential winning streaks. Some of them were literally one basket away from happening while others needed more to change but would have broken the record!

So let’s break them down starting with the ones single game away… [list is sorted by potential streak’s length]
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Posted by on April 26, 2013 in Casually Unique

 

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Long Range Bombers, Average Distance of Shots

With the data about distance of all shots in the last 3 years [including playoffs] available on InfiniteDemand.com I couldn’t resist from writing a post full of tables with information about
Players who had The Highest Average Distance of Shots Attempted. For more fun I also added the opposite list: Players who were Living in the Paint [minimum 500 shots attempted].
BTW, Joel Przybilla had an amazing average distance of 1,14 feet but he had only 417 FGA.

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Player FGA Average Distance Player FGA Average Distance
Steve Novak 569 23,36 DeAndre Jordan 717 1,71
James Jones 696 22,80 Erick Dampier 625 2,12
Eddie House 1429 21,32 Andris Biedrins 936 2,54
Daequan Cook 1177 21,26 Greg Oden 524 2,59
DeShawn Stevenson 809 20,57 Tyson Chandler 1001 2,66
Sasha Vujacic 1271 20,31 Ben Wallace 609 2,75
Mike Bibby 2505 20,28 Greg Monroe 549 3,10
Roger Mason 1457 20,03 Brendan Haywood 816 3,11
Steve Blake 1541 19,99 Chuck Hayes 923 3,12
Kyle Korver 1601 19,90 Shaquille O’Neal 1597 3,19
Jason Kidd 2173 19,74 Louis Amundson 745 3,38
Raja Bell 1212 19,39 Joakim Noah 1522 3,40
 
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Posted by on June 20, 2011 in Scrutiny

 

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