I do think that it's become more of a team game, more guys are getting involved. You might have five guys who score 12+ points in a night, but none will have over 20. Many teams now don't have a Kobe, or Harden, or a go-to shooter that will take 20+ shots a night.
I saw it, but haven't read it yet. Will let you know once I do.
Are you guys going to watch the TNT double header tomorrow? I like east-west matchups, so hopefully Spurs-Philly is good.
I know Holiday is getting good stats, but in the 2 games I've seen this year, he didn't look as impressive (regardless of his stats). Then I remembered I was underwhelmed by him in the playoffs last year too, I thought it was more about Philly's bigs for why they were competitive. I want to see if he looks like he has some kind of leadership.
EDIT: Wrong thread, but whatever.
I agree with all of the conclusions, that defenses are tougher on the strong side of the ball; that the top scorers are making more plays partially because they're well-guarded; and surprisingly that free throws are down.
I remember when Iverson or Pierce or Nowitzki would get 18-23 FTs in some big playoffs games.
During opening day of the playoffs in 2003, Pierce went 21-21 from the line.