No. It’s not about having one off night. It can happen to Jordan. It can happen to James. It can happen to anybody. Two of Jordan’s off nights came in one series against Miami, which the Bulls won.
In fact, the only series the Bulls lost was that three-game series to the Celtics. If you want to penalize Jordan for that, then have at it. It’s not worth it.
Same goes for James. He’s had two off nights by this standard in three seasons since returning to Cleveland, and if you want to take it back, he’s had five off nights since The Decision. The only series one of his teams lost since his move to Miami after an off night was the 2011 NBA Finals against Dallas.
If you want to penalize James for early-career losses to San Antonio and Boston in his first stint with Cleveland, then again, have at it. Again, not worth it.
In the end, Jordan and James find enough ways to contribute, even on an off night, and their response to a poor performance is almost always favorable.
That’s what makes them great. The two greatest, that is.
As Undisputed co-host Shannon Sharpe notes, Seth did have the higher field-goal and 3-point percentages for the 2016-17 regular season. But let’s extend those numbers out a little bit (via Basketball Reference).
Yes, Seth’s traditional shooting numbers are slightly better than Stephen’s, but the two-time MVP holds the advantage in the advanced categories. (Effective field-goal percentage adjusts for the fact that 3-point field goals are worth more than 2-pointers, while true shooting percentage measures efficiency by accounting for field goals, 3-pointers and free throws.)