Mavericks forward Shawn Marion said Sunday he would be open to a players-only meeting following a 25-point loss in San Antonio. These meetings happen often in the NBA and the media has typically been cynical about their effect in the subsequent performance of a team, but the cold numbers show teams did improve their records following players-only meetings that were reported by the press in the last three seasons. It's not a large sample – only 15 cases since 2010-11 – but the results are pretty consistent. On average, the squads that called these meetings won 14 percent more in the following 10 games than they did before the players met without the coaching staff around.

Goes without saying that correlation doesn't imply causation, but the outcome of the research is still interesting. You can check the full data below.

TEAM DATE RECORD NEXT 10 GAMES REST OF SEASON
Memphis Nov 15, 2010 4-7 (.364) 4-6 (.600) 42-29 (.591)
Miami Nov 27, 2010 9-8 (.529) 7-3 (.700) 49-16 (.753)
Portland Nov 28, 2010 4-11 (.267) 4-6 (.400) 44-23 (.656)
LA Clippers Dec 16, 2010 5-12 (.192) 7-3 (.700) 27-38 (.415)
Washington Jan 5, 2012 0-6 (.000) 2-8 (.200) 20-40 (.333)
Sacramento Jan 5, 2012 2-5 (.285) 4-6 (.400) 20-39 (.338)
Portland Jan 18, 2012 8-6 (.571) 6-4 (.600) 20-32 (.384)
Philadelphia Jan 19, 2012 10-4 (.714) 7-3 (.700) 25-27 (.480)
Boston Feb 22, 2012 15-17 (.469) 8-2 (.800) 24-10 (.705)
Orlando Feb 23, 2012 22-13 (.629) 6-4 (.600) 15-16 (.483)
Houston Mar 6, 2012 21-18 (.538) 5-5 (.500) 11-14 (.440)
LA Clippers Mar 15, 2012 24-18 (.571) 7-3 (.700) 16-8 (.666)
Sacramento Nov 16, 2012 2-7 (.222) 5-5 (.500) 9-13 (.409) *
New Orleans Dec 1, 2012 4-11 (.267) 1-9 (.100) 3-13 (.187) *
Toronto Dec 7, 2012 4-16 (.200) 6-4 (.600) 7-4 (.636) *
AVERAGE .387 .526 .498

Key: (*) As of January 2, 2013.