Basketball has recently become more and more a numbers game in the recent years. You can read articles where sportswriters would be consistently throwing numbers at your face to back up their point of which player/team is playing well or struggling. There’s the plus/minus system, PER, EFF ratings.
It’s been a real revelation to the game, making it easier to evaluate players. Some players who flew under the radar for doing things that slipped through the “eye-test” were being utilized more.
There are things however, that numbers can’t quite completely explain, and the 3rd Game of the Philippine Cup Finals is an exhibit of such an event in basketball among many other intangibles.