Preseason does have meaning 

October, 29, 2007
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If there's one thing we've heard over and over again this month, it's that preseason games don't matter. Whether a team plays well or not, we've been told, is largely irrelevant to how they'll fare in the regular season.

But it turns out the preseason can be useful after all. And based on the results, I can give you four potential breakout teams this season: Orlando, Atlanta, Indiana and Memphis.

The research comes courtesy of Roland Beech of 82games.com. His 2006 study showed that in some cases, preseason results can be quite telling.

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