[Ads-l] triple-double (basketball)

MULLINS, WILLIAM D (Bill) CIV USARMY RDECOM AMRDEC (US) william.d.mullins18.civ at MAIL.MIL
Tue Mar 21 16:02:54 EDT 2017


I think, "officially", that a triple-double is double figures in any three of five scored categories:
points, assists, rebounds, blocks, or steals.  But like you note, it can also include categories that one doesn't want to excel at.
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Also used for a triple that includes steals, as when Draymond Green posted 12 rebounds, 10 assists and 10 steals but just 4 pts against Memphis on Feb 10, 2017. So a quadruple double is possible.

> Draymond Green posted the NBA's first triple-double with only 4 points — USA Today Caution-http://usat.ly/2kerhBC

People have jokingly applied the term to Russell Westbrook when he has more than 10 turnovers.

> Westbrook drops 47 but gets wrong kind of triple-double in losing duel with Durant. Fox sports, Feb 14 2017

Geoff

> From: "MULLINS, WILLIAM D (Bill) CIV USARMY RDECOM AMRDEC (US)" <william.d.mullins18.civ at MAIL.MIL>
> Subject: triple-double (basketball)
> Date: March 17, 2017 at 2:57:27 PM PDT
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> Yesterday, NPR had a story on Russell Westbrook and his potential to set a season record for triple-doubles.
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> http://www.npr.org/2017/03/16/520440707/russell-westbrook-looks-to-break-nba-triple-double-record
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> OED doesn't seem to have the term.  (It also doesn't seem to have the baseball sense of "double", but it does have "triple".)
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> LA Times 13 Oct 1980 sec 3 p 12 col 5
> "Magic was one rebound shy of a rare triple-double -- double figures in points, rebounds and assists.
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