Live TV can be hard, but adding math to it can make it worse.
The Miami Heat were abysmal in their Game 4 Eastern Conference Finals loss to the Boston Celtics. Boston beat Miami 102-82 to even up their series at two games apiece. The Celtics dominated from the start and never let up.
After the game, Stephen A. Smith joined SportsCenter live from Boston’s TD Garden and was disgusted with what he just watched.
“In the end, five starters combined for 18 points,” Smith told SportsCenter anchor John Anderson. “That’s an average of six points per starter. If that ain’t pathetic, I don’t know what is.”
No, it is not.
Five starters, multiplied by six points each would be 30.
“It’s actually, it’s less than that,” Anderson pointed out, prompting Smith to correct himself and still be wrong.
“Right, it is less than that, you’re right,” Smith admitted as he began to recalculate the stat in his head. “Five and a half.”