Does the hot hand really exist?

Came across this article regarding the hot hand.  Do players really need a heat check?  Does the hot hand really exist, or is it an illusion? Are players who hit a few shots in a row really more likely to hit their next one than they would have been otherwise? It’s a question that has launched a surprisingly complex and interesting academic battle stretching back decades — a neat case study in how human bias works, in more ways than one.

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