The ‘Comeback’ in the NBA

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The ‘Comeback’ in the NBA

(Your favorite team is down by 30 points to close the first half. The team is doing nothing right on either side of the ball, the players are lethargic and committing too many mistakes. The opposition on the other hand, can do nothing wrong. It seems like everything they shoot is falling through the hoop. As a fan, it seems like a long night is ahead)

 At this point in the game, any person would give up. Of course, a comeback from such a deficit would be great but it probably wouldn’t happen. Or would it? A ‘comeback’ is one of the greatest feats for any fan to watch in professional sports. The emotional swings generated by the comeback team and the opposing team during the game inspires fans and deflates them.  A team though, which begins a game poorly can’t just hope that when they are losing that some ‘magical force’ will envelope them and make them play better. Teams must prepare as they should with a solid game plan, inspired practices and then great execution during their games. That preparation before the game is a fundamental need for the ‘burn of energy’ it takes to make a comeback.

‘Comebacks’ usually begin because the losing team regains its focus at a certain point in the game. They begin to execute their plays at a quicker pace then the opposition and slowly begin to affect their momentum. At times, the losing team could exploit a weakness in the opposition that they didn’t see previously. Also, many little details in the span of the game begin to favor the losing team (a key foul, a well executed play, an offensive run, a defensive stand). When the momentum begins to change, the opposition begins to doubt themselves and scramble to make adjustments. The losing team starts to close the gap in bits and pieces, then in chunks as the opposing team cannot find an answer to ‘stem’ the momentum.

It is during this time where fans and players begin to note the surreal feeling of what is transpiring before their eyes. As the ‘comeback’ is complete, the two teams are shocked–both trying to understand what happened. ‘Comebacks’ are usually used by coaches’ as an example to show ‘resiliency’ or ‘will’. In reality, the coaches should allow temporary enjoyment of the win, but the next day begin to dissect the mistakes which led to the deficit for the upcoming game plan.

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