Do the Blazers need to run more?
For the last few seasons, the Portland Trail Blazers have had one of the league's most efficient halfcourt options. With stars like Damian Lillard and LaMarcus Aldridge, and shooters like Wesley Matthews, maybe that shouldn't come as much of a surprise.
Still, despite the halfcourt prowess of the Blazers, would make sense for head coach Terry Stotts to encourage his team to push the pace and get more transition opportunities?
Here's more from Chris Lucia at Blazers Edge:
According to NBA.com statistics, five of the top 10 teams in fast break points per game last year made the playoffs. The same is true for percentage of points from fast breaks, indicating that scoring more on the run does not ensure overall team success.
But looking at the bottom of those categories below the Blazers, you'll see the Knicks, Hornets, Pacers, Nets and Heat -- five teams with a combined winning percentage of .398 for the 2014-15 regular season. So even though Portland doesn't need to set its sights on becoming one of the league leaders in fast break points next season, sitting at or near the bottom of the NBA in fast break point production is hardly desirable, either.
(h/t Blazers Edge)
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