NYT: Why Fouls Are a Major Factor in Heat-Knicks Series
Over at the Timeses, I kvetch statistical about the role fouls — and aggressiveness — have played in the series thus far:
Through the first two games of the playoffs, there has been much consternation about Miami’s notable free throw advantage over the Knicks, with the Heat having twice as many foul shots (60) as New York (30), which included a 33-11 deficit in Game 1. Not surprisingly, such a deficit was reflected in a 48-34 foul disparity.
But while it’s easy for Knicks fans to contemplate conspiracy theories, a quick glance at the numbers (provided by NBA.com) reveals how the Heat’s aggressiveness has helped contribute to the series’ scoring chasm – at the free throw line and beyond.
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