[Ads-l] triple-double (basketball)

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Tue Mar 21 17:03:27 EDT 2017


> On Mar 21, 2017, at 4:02 PM, MULLINS, WILLIAM D (Bill) CIV USARMY RDECOM AMRDEC (US) <william.d.mullins18.civ at MAIL.MIL> wrote:
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> I think, "officially", that a triple-double is double figures in any three of five scored categories:
> points, assists, rebounds, blocks, or steals.  


Still, the points/rebounds/assists triple double is privileged.  While the other (non-jocular) categories do count in reporting a particular player’s achievements in a particular game, the triple double averaged by The Big O for a season, a feat Westbrook is trying to match now, does/would not include any actual or hypothetical instances of games in which the player in question fell short in one of those three categories while reaching double figures in blocks or steals.  

LH

> 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.
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>> Draymond Green posted the NBA's first triple-double with only 4 points — USA Today Caution-http://usat.ly/2kerhBC
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> People have jokingly applied the term to Russell Westbrook when he has more than 10 turnovers.
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>> Westbrook drops 47 but gets wrong kind of triple-double in losing duel with Durant. Fox sports, Feb 14 2017
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> Geoff
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>> 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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