‘If It Was LeBron, He’d Have 30 More Assists’: Twitter Reacts After NBA Snatches Triple Double Away From Rockets Player

Published 12/01/2021, 1:01 AM EST
Nov 27, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; Houston Rockets guard Kevin Porter Jr. (3) and center Christian Wood (35) react after a play during overtime against the Charlotte Hornets at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

In a season struck with woes for the Houston Rockets, yet another news dashes their brief moments of joy. The NBA has confirmed that Kevin Porter Jr’s (KPJ) triple double has been called off. Why? Since it was clear in the viral footage of his final rebound that Sengun could have easily gathered the ball. Instead, he tipped it to KPJ, who was a single rebound away from his first career triple-double in the NBA. Since Sengun’s final tip was a controlled tip, the league changed the stats and made it his rebound.

This had NBA fans raging. Especially Houston fans who have already had a tough time finding key takeaways to be optimistic about in the rebuilding process for their team. This is how they expressed their rage on Twitter after the league credited Sengun with the final rebound.

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NBA fans enraged as league takes away Kevin Porter Jr’s triple double

What does this mean for Kevin Porter Jr and the Houston Rockets?

After last night’s comprehensive victory over a struggling OKC, the league took away one achievement from KPJ. While anybody’s confidence might take a hit by this, KPJ should use this as a reason to come back stronger. Last season he dropped 50 points and 10 assists on the current reigning champions, Milwaukee Bucks.

He beat LeBron James’ record as the youngest player to have 50 points and 10 assists in an NBA game. This shows that Kevin Porter Jr. is on the right track to put his name among the greats of the league.

However, he needs to work on his struggles on the field. While there has been a huge transition in his role from last season to this one, he cannot let that impact the efficiency with which he shoots the ball.

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Until last season, KPJ was purely a shooting guard and seldom used as a backup for Wall. However, with Wall’s exit from the team as a starter, KPJ has completely taken over his role. With Wall currently fighting to make his way back into the starters of the team, Porter needs to maintain his consistency and improve his efficiency to avoid losing his starting spot.

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Chaitanya Dadhwal

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Chaitanya Dadhwal is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Even though his journalism is driven by his desire to understand both sides of an argument and give a neutral perspective, he is biased towards Houston Rockets and Arsenal, and he has shown exactly how loyal he can be through tough times. Currently a Law student at Jindal Global Law School, he aims to have his own sports management firm one day and enjoys rap music during his time off.

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