On early Wednesday afternoon ESPN posted a story that sought to examine why home-court advantage hasn't been as effective this season as it has been in seasons past (if you weren't aware, home winning percentage this year is at .574, an all-time low).
The conclusion they came to wasn't that awareness of the phenomenon has led to teams adjusting their travel plans, or that refs have become mindful of their subconscious tendencies to give in to the whims of home teams, but rather that social media has made it easier for NBA players to bang groupies and still get a good night's sleep when they're on the road.
As an anonymous GM who was quoted in the story put it, it's the "Tinderization of the NBA." From there he clarified that what he meant was "like the dating app. No need to go to the clubs all night anymore."
That opinion was backed up by a former All-Star, who stated rather eloquently that "It's absolutely true that you get at least two hours more sleep getting laid on the road today versus 15 years ago." Further adding "No schmoozing. No going out to the club. No having to get something to eat after the club but before the hotel."
The story also contains a number of anecdotes about how NBA players are toning down on the alcohol, how they're taking fewer chances to avoid ruining their corporate sponsorships, and how everything is coalescing to keep players out of trouble.
As one current NBA coach put it "[Players are] not going out to clubs anymore, acting like imbeciles. They get crushed in the media when pictures come out, then they get clowned on for 24 hours." Sounds like today's stars missed the window to get away with all-night gambling benders and, well, throwing people through windows.
Anyway, go check it out when you get off work—or even during work, if you don't care about getting in trouble.