LeBron: "The stat sheet says they got 21 second-chance points. They only got 6 offensive rebounds. I don't see how that's possible."— Rachel Nichols (@Rachel__Nichols) June 7, 2013
James, who was busting out of a stylish, green collared shirt, made note of the boxscore reading that his opponent had registered 21 second-chance points. He found that odd, considering that the San Antonio Spurs had grabbed only six offensive rebounds while defeating the Miami Heat 92-88.
According to the MVP, who makes it known that he is "very good at math," the only way to get a second-chance point is off an offensive rebound. Even if the Spurs turned all six of them into three pointers, that would equal just 18 points.
While James does not have a college degree, it appears the arithmetic teachers at St. Vincent-St. Mary High School did not allow him to pass through the cracks. James is a well-spoken, intelligent, and apparently mathematically sufficient, man.
Per Howard Beck's story for the New York Times, the Spurs did indeed tally 21 second-chance points. While the boxscores of ESPN.com and NBA.com do not reveal that statistic, they do assure that the Spurs only managed six offensive boards.
James wasn't complaining about the contradiction, but rather having some fun with it. He answered questions about the game, Tony Parker's final shot and what went wrong. His entire press conference went fairly smoothly, but James showed us a fun side with the second-chance points debate.
LeBron: "That's kind of weird.I don't understand this. Am I right, or am I wrong?"— Ethan J. Skolnick (@EthanJSkolnick) June 7, 2013
LeBron's riff on stat sheet showing Spurs w 21 2nd-chance pts on 6 off rebounds is hilarious. How can you not like this guy? #HEATvSPURS— Jeff Caplan (@Caplan_NBA) June 7, 2013
After running up another triple-double, with 18 points, 18 rebounds and 10 assists, James' comedic timing was on point. His pacing was spectacular and his facial expressions ran the gamut from confused, to devious, to sheer humility.
More so than the statistical oddity, this shows how seriously James and other NBA players care about the game. Not an hour had passed since the game, and one could clearly tell James was looking over the statsheet and looking for places he can improve in Game 2.
For one thing, he knows 21 second-chance points is too many. He'll work harder Sunday night to make sure the Spurs don't rack those up, no matter how they go about tallying them.