So, Lonzo Ball put up a very impressive stat line that night with his 19/12/13 triple-double. And, as you’ve likely heard, he was five days younger than LeBron James was when he’d set the record for youngest triple-double. And if you watched ESPN’s highlight package for this game, you were treated to six Lonzo plays focusing on his accomplishment followed by one Giannis Antetokounmpo put-back dunk and a brief mention that, oh yeah, the Bucks actually won the game. Now, I’m quite the Lonzo apologist, and I spent far too much of the last year studying his game because of how much it impresses me… but ENOUGH WITH THE TRIPLE-DOUBLE MANIA! I’ve previously mentioned my disdain for how much these stat lines get overrated simply because an arbitrary number was reached in three categories. If we had 18 fingers and had decided on a base-18 number system thousands of years ago, a triple double would really be something, but is 10/10/10 a worthy threshold for what should be considered a noteworthy game? The thing that really bothers me is that, these day, even a “near-triple-double” will often get more attention than a more valuable stat line, even if it’s only like 11/8/9 (a Rajon Rondo Special). For example, Giannis went 33/15/3 that same night. Is that more valuable? It depends on whether you’re talking about value to the player’s actual NBA team or to our fantasy teams. When it comes down to who was more effective in the actual game, there are plenty of stats that try to figure that out. A simple one is plus/minus where Lonzo was +10 and Giannis was +13. That depends on who’s on the court with you, though. There’s John Hollinger’s Player Efficiency Rating. Basketball Reference has a game score, as well. I guess we nerds will continue to try to whittle down a player’s performance into one number, for whatever it’s worth.Please, blog, may I have some more?
It’s playoff time in the NBA and we here at Razzball would like to share our picks. Â Please feel free to comment and/or mock (strongly encouraged) our picks and share your own. Â NOTE: Â The selections were made before Derrick Rose tore his ACL (and Iman Shumpert but if you picked the Knicks to beat the Heat then you either are 1.) from New York or 2.) a huge LeBron/Heat hater)
Eastern Conference Finals (ECF): Heat/Bulls – Heat in 5
I made this selection before Rose tore his ACL and I’m keeping it. ÂPlease, blog, may I have some more?
22% of ESPN leagues. Â That’s the ownership % ofÂ Avery Bradley. Â Or maybe the % of managers who are still vying for some sort of title (The true test… Â David LeeÂ was deemed out for the season over the weekend and he is still owned in 65% of leagues. ÂPlease, blog, may I have some more?
In non-NBA news, Kentucky defeated Kansas 67-59 to win the national title (and hopefully your bracket. Â Actually your coworker who picked teams based on mascots probably won it). Â Maybe Anthony Davis will finally shave off his playoff Unibrow… Â Hmmm playoffs. ÂPlease, blog, may I have some more?
Drew Gooden is like a cockroach. Just when you think his career is over, he resurrects in the Bucks frontcourt. Then he injures his wrist and misses some time, and youâ€™re thinking, â€śthe joyride is over, right?â€ť Wrong! And then he goes and tweaks his back in his first game back on the court, which has GOT to slow him down, right?Please, blog, may I have some more?