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Entry from April 27, 2015
Make-or-Miss League (NBA basketball)

The National Basketball Association has been called a “make-or-miss league.” That means that players will get their shots, and the better players and teams make them more than miss them.

Basketball coach and TV analyst Jeff Van Gundy has often used “make-or-miss league” and possibly coined the term. “This league is a make-or-miss league, and we made that shot,” Van Gundy said in March 2007, when he coached the Houston Rockets.


Wikipedia: Jeff Van Gundy
Jeffrey William “Jeff” Van Gundy (born January 19, 1962) is an American basketball coach and TV analyst. He is currently a color commentator for ESPN. He has previously been the head coach of the New York Knicks and the Houston Rockets in the NBA.

Houston (TX) Chronicle
ROCKETS NOTES: Bonzi stays home
ROCKETS SUMMARY
By Jonathan Feigen | March 16, 2007
(...)
When Luther Head missed a 3-pointer, taken from the same corner from which he launched Wednesday’s game-winner, against Dallas last month, Rockets coach Jeff Van Gundy said he was shocked. The message did not miss.

“When your coach has confidence in you, you have confidence in yourself,” Head said after his 3-pointer gave the Rockets a two-point lead over the Clippers with 12.2 seconds left Wednesday. “That’s why I love playing for the guy. When he trusts you and he shows that he believes in you, you play to show (why) he trusts you.”

Van Gundy said Head in the corner is “as good a shot as you’re going to create at that time. This league is a make-or-miss league, and we made that shot.”

NBA.com
Thursday, June 12 (2008—ed.) - Celtics at Lakers, Game 4
(...)
34-14 Lakers, End of 1st: The Celtics shot 6/22 (22%) from the field in the first, while the Lakers shot 11/17 (64%). It’s a make or miss league and right now the Celtics are just missing. If they can get this down to 10 points by the half they’ll probably have a shot.

Basketbawful
Sunday, March 08, 2009
Worst of the Weekend: Unwatchablemen edition
By Basketbawful at 4:15 PM
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Lawrence Frank, Captain Obvious: “This is a make or miss league. You make them, you win the game. You miss them, you lose.”

Twitter
Cam Hylander
‏@TheNextian
Did you hear?  It’s a Make or Miss League
10:54 PM - 8 May 2009

Los Angeles (CA) Times
An uproar in house of mouse as Lakers hit Orlando
Magic fans appear fired up for Game 3 of NBA Finals, especially after referees didn’t call goaltending on Lakers’ Pau Gasol at end of regulation in Game 2.

June 09, 2009|MARK HEISLER
(...)
Van Gundy’s brother, Jeff, the ABC commentator, likes to say, “It’s a make or miss league.”

Bleacher Report—NBA
The NBA: Truly a Make-Or-Miss League
By Brad Frank , Correspondent Jun 15, 2009
ESPN/ABC NBA announcer Jeff Van Gundy sometimes says that the NBA is a “make-or-miss” league. What he means is that teams essentially win or lose games by making or missing shots, despite all of the in-game strategies teams employ.

ESPNBoston.com
Rivers: ‘It’s a make/miss league’
2/17/2012
Chris Forsberg, Celtics reporter, ESPNBoston.com
CHICAGO—Celtics coach Doc Rivers often dumbs down basketball to its most simplest form when detailing why his team wins or losses a game.

“It’s a make/miss league, and it always will be,” said River, echoing a familiar sentiment after the Chicago Bulls emerged with an 89-80 triumph Thursday evening at the United Center.

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Adam Kaufman
‏@AdamMKaufman
Hate when people call the NBA a ‘make or miss league’. I suppose that makes MLB a ‘get on or get out league’?
9:35 PM - 27 Apr 2015

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