The end of all things is near. Therefore be clear minded and self-controlled so that you can pray.
I Peter 4:7 NIV
When you get to the end of the game things can get more intense. If you can keep your mind clear and be self-controlled, you will have an advantage over the player who is running on emotions. You want to be able to take action, not just react to what they do. You want to be able to go hard and fast to the basket, and then to be relaxed and deliberate as you make the free throws.