Needless to say, last night's game threw a monkey wrench into the Sixers advanced stats. A look at the numbers and a statistical oddity after the jump.
The defensive rating has gone from bad to pitiful. The offensive rating is dropping back to pre-Princeton offense levels. Through four games, this is not a pretty picture.
The oddity I mentioned is in the four factors. The Sixers are winning every single one of them except eFG. This isn't really that big of a surprise, considering the team can't defend the three-point line and they can't shoot the deep ball either. I was a little surprised to see that they held an edge in all the other categories, though.
If there's one thing that I'd like to see changed, it's the pace. So far this season, the other team has dictated the pace in every game. Orlando and Boston prefer to play at a slow pace, so the game was played at a slow pace. Milwaukee and New York play fast, so it was a fast pace. The Sixers haven't controlled the tempo of a single game yet. I'd like to see them impose their will on a game at some point.