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02-05-2013, 07:22 AM
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One factor I often wonder about at the end of the season is teams "coasting" once they've clinched their playoff spot. It has to be a bit harder to keep focused when you go into a game knowing it has no impact. On the other hand, their opponent might be battling for their playoff lives. I wonder how much impact this has on top teams being "upset" late in the season.

We also know some coaches will deliberately rest players who are a bit dinged up once they've clinched, or delay working injured players back into the lineup. How do we measure this?

I don't have any answers. Just curious what other people might think about this, and how it affects the rankings late in the season.

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