The NBA clarified that there wasn’t a specific directive to decrease offense but acknowledged several factors contributing to reduced scoring in recent months.

These factors include a slower pace, style of play, competitive intensity, and officiating focus. The league highlighted that officials were instructed not to call fouls when offensive players seek free throws or veer off their path to draw fouls.

Additionally, the NBA emphasized a point of emphasis on evaluating the balance between offense and defense, particularly regarding legal guarding position and contact level on pathway plays to the basket.