Shane Battie and his 1,300 Statistical Categories Still Equal a Loss
By Craig Kwasniewski
The Rockets lost to the Lakers 93-81 last night despite Shane Battier's quintuple-double with 11 tips, 15 deflections, 10 block outs, 17 run downs, 13 crash outs, 19 keepers, 16 blow byes, 18 lock downs, 13 close ins, 14 points and 27 blocked rebounds... and every other stat that the Houston Rockets front office uses to justify having a player with limited offensive skills, limited athleticism, who works hard on both ends of the floor and has above average defensive ability. Do we need endless podcasts, magazine articles and web posts to point out the brilliance of the stats that Houston uses for Battier? Do we really need to quantify all the "little things" that Battier does? Hey what ever happened to quantifying the big things? What ever happened to the big picture, like wins or losses?
Here's a clue: the job of each and every NBA GM is to keep his job. So OF COURSE they need to create stats all to justify their actions good or bad... but it's not brilliance, it's just stats. And given that the Rockets have not advanced in the playoffs since 1997 well it's high time to create more stats for the likes of Yao Ming and Tracy McGrady, two players who have made a career of postseason incompetence.
And hey guys, I majored as an engineer at Purdue University and I use mathematics on a daily basis so I'm pretty sure I can hold my own with all the statistical devotees. Here's a simple stat for Battie: 5 wins and 20 losses in the playoffs... Nuff said!