In this era of the NBA, now more than ever NBA fans are calling themselves “experts” based solely on just the stats they see and the highlights they watch for every game.
Sure the stats are important to determine whose team has a better shot of winning in certain situations, and stats can help on who is really a better defensive team at times. But if you don’t watch the games fully from front to back, do you really know what you are talking about?
Portland Trail Blazers own Damian Lillard took to Twitter on Sunday to express his disdain for the trend and take a shot at people who say they know the game, but don’t really watch it as much as he does.
The tweet caught the attention of Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal, who echoed the same sentiment as Lillard who can’t stand ‘box score fans’.
If you pay attention and watch the game of basketball, you can tell both Lillard and Beal have more of an impact than just stats. Both bring leadership capabilities and set the pace for the team and the rest of the team follows their lead.
But it is also fair to say that they do bring stats that should be taken into consideration. Beal leads the league with 34.9 ppg, while Lillard is averaging 29.6 ppg.
This storyline of people looking at stats is clearly up both Lillard and Beal’s tree.
Beal helped secure his team a great comeback win against the Nets, where his first-half stats didn’t really mean much of anything.
But as the game went on, his will to win took over and the stats don’t mean anything when it comes to the desire to win a game.
The same thing goes for Lillard, when the game is on the line he can bring the Blazers back with his will and drive to score at a high level.
Both Lillard and Beal are set to actually play against each other tomorrow at Washington, and in regards to stats, he was very much impressed with what Russell Westbrook put up in the game against the Nets.
Stats matter to a degree, but anything can happen in the game of basketball.