Originally Posted by blablabla
the difference between 45 and 50 on 20fga is one make/miss
Its still a pretty big deal. So many games are close first of all, and one more miss or make might not just be literally the difference in the outcome as it would be in a 1-3 point game difference, but if its a miss then the opposing team will usually get a better shot once they get the rebound, plus that one shot many times swings momentum in general. Plus, so many games are closer then their final score might indicate because of how the losing team will foul at the end of games. Its not anywhere near as simple as you're saying.