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Tell your kids about stat-dumping

In the first day of journalism 101, a crotchety old teacher will be wheeled out in front of your class, and one of the first things he or she will tell you is that, in reporting: Two is a coincidence and three's a trend. In other words: Three examples makes a story.

But new-school journalism is about rewriting the rules, so we are here to tell you there is a way of thinking: One is a coincidence and two is a trend.

Coincidentally, there is a new trend that we -- and others -- have noticed, which @WorldWideWob aptly calls the ballbonic plague, which we’ll call stat-dumping, which we have seen twice already during this young season.

Stat-dumping, defined: In the closing seconds of a blowout game, the teammate dribbling the ball will toss to another teammate, thus dumping a negative stat on the victim. It happened on back-to-back nights this past weekend.

First, on Saturday in Boston, a cross-court heave from a rookie to a third-year player:

The offender: Carsen Edwards The victim: Semi Ojeleye Time of pass: 1.9 left on the shot clock

The offender: Miles Bridges The victim: Cody Martin, in his third career game Time of pass: .4 left on the shot clock


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