Want to Come Back? Save That Last Timeout!

Coaches are far too eager to do this when trailing

When a team trails by four or more with less than 30 seconds left, everything changes in a basketball game.  The trailing team can no longer delude itself; it is certain to lose unless it completely changes tactics.  The comeback playbook is pretty well-established.  On defense, intentionally foul as quickly as possible to get the ball back.  On offense shoot quickly, either a 3 or the "quick two" so beloved by announcers.  Repeat until you tie the game or the game ends.

While the odds are heavily against a team trailing by more than one possession in the last minute of a game, avoiding a common mistake can at least slightly bolster a putative comeback: Don't waste the last timeout.