While there are some exceptions – and they get most of the publicity – there hasn’t been that much overall difference in the average game. Just enough to give the offense room to breathe without being “fouled” constantly with no whistles, as has been the case in the past. As players adjust, many of the fouls should go away – or else some of them will be on the bench.
During the first week – when player were still adjusting to the refs actually enforcing the rules – there were 5.5 more fouls per game. And that number will no doubt come down once the players get a little smarter. Points per game were up about 4.5 – meaning scoring is still low but at least not at a record low. Also the pace of play is up a bit – after reaching near-historic lows last year.