Saturday, May 20, 2006

The Alternating Series

Here's what Joe Stevens wrote in today's Press Telegram:
The Clippers and Suns have had 10 meetings in the regular season and playoffs.
Neither team has won two in a row against the other.

I've heard it and read it many times now. It's a really interesting observation. Except that it isn't true. During the regular season, the Clippers won the first meeting in December, the Suns then won 2 straight in January and March, and the Clippers won the final regular season meeting in April. Since then, they have of course alternated wins in the playoffs.

Still, it does not bode well for the Clippers that they have not beaten the Suns 2 straight this year, looking for just that in a game 7 in Phoenix. But if you're looking for a good omen, how about this? In games in Phoenix, the Clippers and Suns have indeed alternated wins, and guess whose turn it is to win by that measure?