We’re two games into each playoff series this year, and you've probably noticed the style of play has changed a bit.
To demonstrate the annual shift in style, I charted NBA-wide averages for a dozen measures--including Offensive Rating, pace and the Four Factors--for both the regular season and postseason. And to give you an idea how the game has chance in the last 28 years, I included each season since the playoffs expanded to 16 teams in 1984.
Keep in mind, this season's playoff numbers rely on a very small sample size, and presumably, postseason style will differ more from the regular-season deeper into the playoffs.
For each chart, the regular-season is blue and the post-season is orange.
Effective field-goal percentage
Offensive rebounding percentage
Three-point attempts per field-goal attempt
Percentage of field goals assisted
Percentage of shots blocked
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