||The biggest difference in Detroit this season has been the Shock's up-tempo style of play. They crash the boards, outrebounding foes by an average of six boards a game, which allows Detroit to rebound and run.
The Shock also is shooting 47 percent from the field, which means they're getting quality possessions, and averaging 18 assists, which means they're moving the ball around and getting a lot of players a lot of touches.
Most impressively, Detroit is averaging 18.8 points more a game this season than last summer (82.8 points in 2003 to 66.1 in '02). That's unfathomable. Usually a coach is happy to see a team improve by six, seven or maybe eight points. And after getting outscored by almost five points a game last season, the Shock are outscoring opponents by 12.5 points a game this summer.
-- Nancy Lieberman