None shall invoke Stats without me taking notice: Apples to apples please. 4 games is a small sample size; comparing that to a larger sample shows the where on the curve the particular 4 game performance would be but is not relevant for setting a standard of play. Graph Chris Paul's performances and you see something interesting (I'd post my chart if I could figure out how lol) Chris Paul had his worst game when he played the Clippers on Nov 9. Yep the 19 point blow out was Paul's least efficient game. His second best was in the rematch with the Blazers on November 26. Taken in isolation we could look for causes of these variances in performance however its worthwhile to note that as sample size increases performance approaches the norm. After this Houston "Tweaking" Paul's performance against the heat was only 13 points and 19 assists (3 turnovers) oh and 5 steals? November 15 through the 26 was his longest stretch of "Above average" games. The 6th,9th and 13th his longest stretch of "below average" games. (averages for him.) The back of a double double to start things off...hmmm. Compare Chris Paul's performance for the ten games after the "Tweaking" against his Carreer Per 36 min (he is playing less min by design and so per min played numbers are a better indication of play) and we find that his Steals, Assists, and rebounding are up and his scoring is down. As the police say "nothing to see here folks...move along." http://www.basketball-reference.com/players/p/paulch01.html
So in summary: Chris' knee - 1, Chris' knee doubters - 0? I see what you see, dude. I hope you continue to work on the numbers more, Ziko. The only way to learn this stuff is to do this stuff, and it isn't easy. You showed great courage and effort in pulling those numbers together. It's easy to sit and observe, but marrying those with some facts and making it sensible is tough. I'd really continue to dig and either reproduce what hewho did or some up with some extra info. By the way, assists up and scoring down works for me. That's just smart.