Sam Smith makes an interesting observation:
James is averaging 1.72 fouls per game in an average of 37.9 minutes per game. James hasn't even been in foul trouble one game this season. He never has had more than four fouls called on him in a game, and since March 1 is being called for fewer than 1.3 fouls per game.
In 12 of the 20 games since then, James has been called for one or zero fouls in a game. James had a stretch of five straight games to conclude March averaging 36.8 minutes per game without being called for one foul. Not one in five games! In the last nine games, James has been called for three personal fouls. It's really amazing given the involvement James has in the action of the game.
"It's impossible," said one team executive.
Red's Army looks at the Celtics:
For those wondering, here are the avg fouls per game for the Celtics starters - the team with the best defensive field goal percentage in the league:
- Pierce - 2.7
- R. Allen - 2.0
- Garnett - 2.20
- Rondo - 2.50
- Perkins - 3.40