Triple-doubles are overrated
Russell Westbrook has been stacking up triple doubles all season, and Colin has repeatedly said it’s an overrated stat. It never mattered before this year, but this year it’s all anyone is talking about.
Triple-doubles have also become increasingly common due to the explosion of the three-point shot and increased offensive possessions. Also, Westbrook shoots more than anyone in the league, by a lot. Colin prefers efficiency rather than volume stat collection. Sorry.
Similarly, in the NFL, 4,000 yards was the statistical threshold for quarterback excellence for years, but with pass-heavy offenses and the no-huddle, everyone throws for 4,000 yards today. It’s not controversial to say that by creating more statistical opportunities in any sport, it becomes easier to amass numbers.
Scottie Pippen had more triple-doubles than Michael Jordan during their championship run. Was he the better player? No.
Dominant teams often struggle during the regular season in their third year. LeBron will be fine.
The Cavs are limping into the playoffs, and the critics have pounced. Many argue the Cavs can’t enter the playoffs playing this badly and still win it all. Colin disagrees.
He pointed out that many dominant teams, like the Big 3 Celtics and the Yankees from the late 90’s, have struggled during the regular season of the third year of playoff runs. Most of it comes from the mental fatigue of playing a lot more games than any other team throughout the course of several seasons.
He also pointed out that it’s not unheard of for a team to limp into the playoffs and make a title run. Just this year, Clemson played poorly through most of the regular season, but turned played their best in their last two games.
No one is beating the Cavs in the Eastern Conference, so regardless of how the Cavs are playing now, they’ll still be there in the end. LeBron has a track record of getting it going for the playoffs. Look it up.
Mark Few – Gonzaga men’s basketball coach joins the show ahead of their Final Four matchup with South Carolina; how the program’s defensive identity has changed; how he’s benefited from the 5th year transfer rule; and if he still gets nervous before big games.
Doug Gottlieb – FS1 College Basketball Analyst joins the show to talk Final Four matchups; the 5th year transfer factor; and why grown men still usually beat kids in the tournament.
Aaron Torres – FS1 College Basketball writer analyst talks Final Four; why South Carolina isn’t just happy to be there; how the senior transfer rule only increases the gap between the haves and have-nots; and his Final Four predictions.
Tom Tolbert Host of Tolbert and Lund on KNBR joins the show to talk about the Warriors resurgence post-Durant injury; what’s clicked defensively; why they’re a better team when Steph is the #1 option; and why he agrees with Colin that triple doubles are overrated.