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The Psychology of a Comeback

Published by on May 15, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - NBA

I watched with tremendous interest tonight as the Houston Rockets jumped out to a double digit lead in the second quarter of their NBA playoff game with the Lakers. The Lakers went into halftime down by a dozen or more points.

Most coaches, players, and fans know that a team as good as Los Angeles will "make a run." In other words, there will be a "comeback" of some sort. In this case, it began right at the outset of the second half.

L.A. came roaring out of the locker room. They outscored the Rockets with jump shots, free throws, and wonderful drives to the hoop. On the other hand, Houston was tossing shots into a scoreless void at their end of the court.

The Lakers fought to within a two point deficit a...

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