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To Joe Mazzulla: "Workload Management" doesn't work!

 The NBA has sent notice to its teams that "Workload Management" doesn't appear to work (per NBA.Com's Shaun Powell):


"The NBA sent data from an exhaustive study to its teams this week that showed no link between load-managed players and a decreased risk of injury.

This was the result of independent research on 10 years of NBA data where leaders in sports medicine took into account the schedule, the amount of games and the regular season load that players typically carry.

For years, some league officials questioned whether players who constantly rested, even in back-to-back game situations, were in no danger of being seriously hurt.

This study seems to support that notion."

If this "exhaustive study" holds water, Celtics Coach, Joe Mazzulla, might try reducing minutes rather than games-played. Oh, wait a minute. He just did that in Thursday's blowout loss against the Milwaukee Bucks.

Al Horford sat that one out on the second game of a back-to-back, but no starter was on the floor for more than the 21 minutes logged by Kristaps Porzingis, who had sat out the previous game of a back-to-back. Joe Mazzulla realized there was little chance of a comeback - and why chance injuries to his starters.

As a former researcher myself, I realize data can be manipulated to reveal whatever an organization wishes to show. And the NBA has made it clear that resting stars without good cause should be avoided. 

For now, Joe keeping the minutes of his top-6 players seems to be the best way to keep injuries to a minimum.






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