CTN: What Can Stats Do For You? (Part III)

LINK: http://www.courtsidetimes.net/articles/6/

The problem with per game stats is simple. Although each team plays a 48 minute game, the participants can try to limit (or expand) the number of opportunities to score each game. Last year the Pistons had fewer opportunities to score than the Suns. This is because the Suns had Steve Nash pushing the ball up court at every opportunity, and Phoenix?s unmatched athleticism at every position was able to sustain that high tempo offense. Meanwhile, in Detroit Larry Brown had Hamilton run around screens until he was open, and the Pistons milked the shot clock like it was the last cow in town.

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