You'd have to go back another generation before then to really check; for sure by the 60s players would be pulled for early foul trouble, for matchups, and style of play. It could be squad sizes were smaller then so everybody would have to play more minutes.this is a question for the knowledgeable basketball fans:
Something tells me that this was probably the way basketball was played in its early days. was this the case?
In baseball the pitcher used to pitch entire games all the time back in the 60s,70s...etc... There wasn't such thing as a closer, or reliever, etc...
was it the same for basketball? were players expected to play 40 minutes before?
Absolutely. They were up 37-31 with 7 minutes left. With a 5-13 record, you can probably feel the coach's pain knowing he risked a huge falloff if he brought in a sub but risked total collapse if he didn't.Losing by 7 to Hartford is a pretty good accomplishment for those 5 women
A bit of urban legend, but certainly a bit of truth as well. At the start of the 1900's, about 80% of games pitched were complete games. That dropped quickly to about 50% by 1910 and stayed around 45% until 1945. Since then it has dropped slowly but steadily -- around 30% in 1960, 20% by about 1975, finally dipping below 10% in about 1991 and then down to where we are today (2%)....
BTW that's kind of an urban legend about baseball; while starters were expected to finish if they were pitching well, there have been star relievers at least since the 1940s, but they could go two or three innings. It was just in the late 80s that the LaRussa system of middleman, setup and 3-out closer came in.