One of the biggest changes in the way the Chicago Bulls have played this season under Tom Thibodeau en route to the best record in the Eastern Conference is shooting more three-pointers and fewer long twos while reversing the trend on offense.
Though we're used to thinking of pace at the team level, squads can play faster and slower with certain players on the floor. Which players make the biggest difference and what lessons can NBA teams learn about individual pace?
There is evidence to suggest that second-chance points may become more important in the NBA Playoffs, when shooting percentages and pace of play both drop. How might that affect this year's playoff teams?
Diminishing returns to rebounding mean that the quality of his floormates' rebounding has an impact on a player's rebound percentage. Which top rebounders are better than their numbers indicate and which might be overrated?
A look at the history of high-scoring tandems suggests that the most successful combinations thrive thanks to their ability to contribute with rebounding and defense. That could spell trouble in the Big Apple for Carmelo Anthony and Amar'e Stoudemire.