Rock: I'm not sure what your intent was in posting those blurbs....it is interesting that Woodson is using MDA's philosophy on offense with a roster that is capable of doing it...but I do think the difference is that they do play defense when it matters and if you take the season as a whole, they still play a pace where they control the tempo and capitalize on using each possession efficiently. As seen with the present streak, they are winning games by playing at a rapid pace, but with those increased possessions, they're taking care of the ball and scoring efficiently. This obviously will lead to poorer defensive numbers overall, but if you are playing at a pace that increases your possessions, the natural byproduct is that you will give the opposition more looks at the basket too. So its natural that your opposition will score more points per game, but are you still defending the majority of those possessions in order to win out the game? That's the difference.
Plus this is the regular season, so tempo will go up and down over the course of a lengthy season. But when the postseason starts, it will be interesting to see what type of tempo NY plays, cause the game normally slows down.
First thing is that 2011/12, the season is essentially a tale of two. D'Antoni pushed the tempo and ignored the defense which led to an 18-24 record and him stepping down. Woodson stepped onto the scene, improved their defense while still maintaining that tempo and NY hit another level and the results improved.
Looking at the stats overall in 2011/12, NY was 5th overall in possessions per game (MDA effect). Yet 19th in efficiency, which explains why they lost games. Enter Woodson and their defensive numbers shoot up (to 5th in defensive efficiency)...again which explains why they ended the season on a high note.
Now look at 2012/13...NY is 26th overall in possessions per game (slowed the tempo down for the majority of this season). They are 3rd in offensive efficiency (using each possession efficiently). Their defense efficiency has dipped down to 16th (just above ours)....a large part of that is due to Chandler going down which led to NY playing more uptempo and leading to this streak. However, NY has faced about 10 loses where it was a 2 possession game. So when the game eventually slows back down in the postseason, they are still capable of turning on the D and improving in that area. Meanwhile, can the same be said for us?
In comparison, looking at our 2012/13 stats: LA is 4th in possessions per game, 8th in offensive efficiency and 17th in defensive efficiency. Now imagine if we slowed the tempo down to where we don't have many possessions per game and instead concentrated on taking care of the ball, capitalizing on each possession and then using the effort we saved on possessions per game towards the other side of the paint in getting stops. With MDA, that just can't happen. His MO has been to push the possessions way up in order to outscore the opposition. How does that make sense with the veteran legs we have on this roster?
Something interesting to also note. When I mention names like Rashard Lewis, Hedo Turkoglu, Courtney Lee, JJ Redick, Rafer Alston and Jameer Nelson...does the word defense come to mind? Those names were around Dwight in 2008/9 and they were rated number 1 in defense. I think that is what a defensive coach (or a coach that actually focuses on that side of ball) can do for a team.