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A Fast Start Is So Important In A Shortened Season

from Eric Duhatschek of The Athletic,

Generally speaking, an 82-game season can give a team that started slowly or got banged up by injuries at some juncture the chance to recover and get back on track.

The margin of error disappears when the season is limited to just 56 games.

History has shown that teams can get out of the gate quickly, even if they’re lightly regarded, but then fade in the home stretch, as the grind of an 82 game-marathon catches up with them.

But this year, any team that gets off the mark quickly will understand that the finish line is coming into sight far more quickly than usual. In a shortened season, Pollyanna optimism may just ring a little truer.

much more ($$$) on the season which starts around 5:37pm today...

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Making up ground is going to be even trickier when the teams one is jockeying against are constantly playing each other. Add in the ridiculous 3 point contests and making up even a 6 point deficit will be incredibly tough. I expect teams will go into shutdown even more when a game if tied in the third.

The only benefits are you get to play the teams you are chasing a LOT and COVID can mix things up in a hurry.

Posted by evileye on 01/14/21 at 11:37 AM ET

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