I wasn't going to post this before the game tonight, but the convergence of Basketball Wives and Desperate Housewives currently casting a cloud over the San Antonio Spurs gave me no choice but to rush this one out. I have to try to get everyone here focused on basketball. The TMZ/People Magazine story may be interesting to the general public, but that's not why I come to PtR. I saw the following interesting graphic:
towards the end of an extended FanHouse article today. After the jump, I'll give a short explanation of what I think it means.
The graph simply plots each NBA team's 2009-10 "pace" (roughly a measure of possessions per 48 min., I believe) against it's 2010-10 pace to date. Teams below the line have a faster pace this year, teams above it a slower one.
The Spurs have a markedly faster pace this year. They jumped from 21st overall to 6th currently. If any of you doubted Pop was serious when he said that this team will run more, here's your answer. A major change like this is not an accident, it has to be by design imho.
The benefits? Easy buckets. RJ 2.0. Manu and Tony and Hill turned loose. Young stars-in-the-making having the opportunity to shine. The downside? Timmy will score less, probably play fewer minutes per game. Defense may suffer, or at least may have to change somewhat. And you won't be able to take bathroom breaks or short naps anymore... blink, and you could miss the action.
Tidbit: GSW was far and away the fastest team last year, and is considerably 'slower-paced' under Coach Smart. But they're still very fast, just ahead of the Spurs as the 5th fastest-paced team so far this year.