Sunday, December 28, 2014

NBA Finals Going 7 Games

NBA Finals going to Game 7.

NBA Finals Going 7 Games

The NBA Finals will be going to a Game 7 for just the eighth time in the last 43 seasons. By contrast, six of the last 11 Stanley Cup Finals have gone seven games.

But all told, Major League Baseball extends its final series to the limit more often than either. Over one-third (34.6%) of the best-of-seven World Series have ended 4-3.

Below is a look at how often each sport's final series goes to a Game 7 (2013 NBA Finals are included, 2013 NHL Finals are not):

 

     Best-of-7   
   Finals
   Game
   Sevens   

   Pct.
 Baseball
 (Since 1905) 
   104    36    34.6%   
 NBA
 (Since 1947)
    67    18    26.9%
 NHL
 (Since 1939)
   73   16    21.9%
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Boop – who goes by Bob Vetrone Jr. when he is undercover or paying bills – has been at the Daily News since 1982, after working for five years at the Philadelphia Bulletin up to its closing. Along with helping to build the sports scoreboards most nights, he has had great input into the papers’ special sports pullouts – March Madness, Broad Street Run, Record Breakers, Greatest Moments – as well as its day-to-day, award-winning event coverage.

A 1980 graduate of North Catholic, he took some evening college courses. Those lasted right up until the first conflict with a Big 5 doubleheader.

His favorite books growing up were the NBA Guide and the Baseball Encyclopedia, which was, for all intents and purposes, the Internet before there was an Internet.

He has been immersed in sports statistics since the early 70s, when his father (long-time sports writer, broadcaster and the Daily News’ Buck The Bartender), would take him into the Bulletin newsroom overnight in the summer and let him update the Phillies statistics in a little, black spiral notebook. But things have changed tremendously in the decades since … He now uses a big, black spiral notebook.

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