Becareful of stats for stats sake

The following was the story line after game 4 of the Playoffs against the Pacers. At first it sounded interesting then not so …

In Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals, LeBron James scored 32 points, grabbed 10 rebounds, and dished out five assists in the Miami’s Heat victory over the Indiana Pacers. While that line would rank among the career-best games of many players, it’s long been standard for the 10-time All-Star and four-time MVP. These performances, and the highlights that go along with them, are his normal.

This particular game, however, marked a new milestone for the superstar. It was LeBron’s 74th game with at least 25 points, five rebounds, and five assists, breaking a tie with Michael Jordan for the most such games in NBA postseason history.

After reading that I thought ok big deal. Admittedly I am not a big stats guy, but some stats serve no purpose. To me this is one that serves no purpose. If you are trying to prove LeBron’s greatness no need for this stat. It is misleading because many other players in the past didn’t play in as many playoff games because the playoffs did not have 7 games in each round. In case you were not around way back when …the first round of the playoffs were best of three then the next round was I believe best of 5 then the Conference Finals were 7 games and the NBA title was 7 games so less games to post gaudy stats. That is why when you quote many of these type of stats remember the context in which they are compiled.

To be fair I am not taking away LeBron’s or jordan’s greatness but some stats just are stats for stats sake.

Published by bklynboy59

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