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#pounditFriday, November 27, 2020

LeBron James criticizes analytics after Blazers win

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LeBron James thinks the Portland Trail Blazers’ Game 7 win over the Denver Nuggets is proof that analytics in basketball are overrated.

Analytic thinking suggests that taking a three-pointer is better than a long two, as the degree of difficulty isn’t much higher but an extra point is on the line. James isn’t buying it, and he used C.J. McCollum — who made several mid-range jumpers down the stretch in the win — as an example to back up his point.

James’ criticism could be amplified in light of the Houston Rockets’ exit, a team that is known for espousing the more analytical approach. Their data-driven ways have been employed in ways that made them look silly, and it seems James would argue that it’s Portland, not Houston, with the right idea behind playoff basketball.

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