Originally Posted by MikeToronto
Generally speaking, this season could produce all kinds of statistical aberrations, both good and bad, but equally misleading, due to the compressed schedule and the absence of any real training camps. All this leads to poorer execution, tired players and injuries galore, obviously screwing up the stats.
Yep. Add to all that the high fouling rate which brings down the shooting percentages, but hurts overall much of the time, and it's that much harder to assess the defense. It doesn't look quite as bad to the naked eye, and much off that could likely be the result of not spending so much energy running on offense and then not having any legs left for transition D, or any D in 4th quarters.