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Here’s what happens to NBA players who tweet the night before a game

By CBS News 2:05 PM June 11, 2017

(LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers dunks in the third quarter against the Boston Celtics during Game Five of the 2017 NBA Eastern Conference Finals at TD Garden in Boston, May 25, 2017.
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New research suggests that pro basketball players who tweet the night away before a game turn in a poorer performance on the court the next day.

The likely culprit? A lack of sleep, researchers said.

“Using late-night tweeting activity as a proxy for being up late, we interpret these data to show that basketball skills are impaired after getting less sleep,” said study author Jason Jones, an assistant professor of sociology at Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, N.Y.

Jones and his colleagues pored over Twitter account activity for 112 NBA players over the course of seven basketball seasons between 2009 and 2016.

All told, the analysis looked at the timing of roughly 30,000 tweets from players that were then stacked up against next-day quality of play.

The researchers said they determined that players scored 1 fewer point, on average, on days that followed late-night tweets.

Read more at CBSNews.com.

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