With only seven fast-break points in their win over the Golden State Warrios and eight fast-break points in their loss to the Denver Nuggets, the Los Angeles Lakers don't look like they are emphasizing the transition game as much as one would usually see from a Mike D'Antoni team.
Either that, or they're having trouble scoring in transition without All-Star finishers like Amar'e Stoudemire and Shawn Marion (in their respective primes) running the break.
While D'Antoni's fingerprints are all over the half-court offense in the form of the pick-and-roll, the Lakers are playing at a more controlled and subdued pace than the run-and-gun style the Phoenix Suns used to run under D'Antoni's guidance.
Whether or not this pace is merely a trend or an anomaly is still a mystery this early in the preseason. There are definitely positives and negatives to both.
Although the Lakers are full of young athletes, such as Nick Young and Wesley Johnson, slowing down the pace may save the legs of high-mileage players such as Steve Nash.
On the flip side, the San Antonio Spurs have shown that increasing the tempo and quickening the pace may help aging veterans mitigate the time they spend banging and clashing in a half-court set.
Of course, a Mike D'Antoni team will always be a threat in the open court, as evident by Nick Young's nasty slam. However, what we've seen thus far indicates that those fast-break dunks will be less frequent than most expected.