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They Shoot, They Miss

After the league's scoring average dipped to 96.9 points last
season, the lowest since the advent of the shot clock in
1954-55, the rules committee made modifications in an attempt to
give offenses a boost. Unfortunately, the committee can't
legislate better shooting. At week's end, percentages had hit
four-year lows across the board, and scoring had plummeted to
94.0 points a game.

--DAVID SABINO

THREE COLOR CHARTS: CHARTS BY JARED SCHNEIDMAN [Charts not available--line graphs showing Free Throw Percentage, Two-Point Percentage and Three-Point Precentage from 1994-95 to 1997-98]