Consider two games from this month's National Basketball Association playoffs. The first was a low-scoring affair, 76-74, a game full of heady point-guard play, tough man-to-man defense, deliberate offensive patterns, and a full use of the 24-second clock. The other game saw 144 points by both teams in the first half alone, a game played at breakneck speed, three-pointers fired without conscience on fast breaks, disdain for the shot clock—what shot clock?—no real defense to speak of, and a final... More >>>