Here are 3 things that skew the pace stat and that we were good at: 1) Defense slows the pace of the game by forcing the opponents to use up more of the shot clock. If your opponent takes 18 seconds to find a good shot vs. 16 seconds, then that subtracts 2.5 possessions from the game for each team, even if we would have stayed at 16 secs/ posession. The Pistons gave teams trouble and caused many a shot clock violation during our run. 2) Offensive rebounds can slow the pace by resetting the shot clock. We got plenty of those. 3) Taking care of the balls reduces the number of possessions in the game for obvious reasons. We were one of the best teams at avoiding turnovers with CB in charge and our smart bigs. If you do 1, 2, and 3 well, you may have the slowest pace in the league even though you aren't sluggish on offense. Evidence of this is that when we played against faster tempo teams back then, they couldn't dictate the tempo on us. It took them longer to get open shots, they couldn't keep our bigs from giving us extra shot clock resets, and they couldn't fast break on us off of turnovers. One thing about a slow pace though... it creates fewer reps and allows the worse team a greater chance to get lucky. The Lions could beat the Patriots in a 3 possession game, but probably not in a 12 possession game.