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Decimal Point Missed the Mark

April 04, 1987

There was a slight error in the arithmetic used to calculate the Lakers' shooting percentage in the second period of their game with Phoenix on March 24. Chris Baker wrote in The Times:

"The Lakers shot a miserable .083% from the floor in the second period . . . they wound up hitting just 2 of 24 shots . . . "

The Lakers in fact hit on 8.3%, not .083%. It would be physically impossible for any team to hit your .083% figure. A team would have to take approximately 2,400 shots in the period and hit 2 of them for the .083% average. That means about 200 shots a minute, or over three shots per second. Even the Lakers can't generate that pace.

Better check out your tax return before you file. You may be paying more than you should.

CHARLES ARGANA

La Crescenta

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