By RICHARD CHEEKS
People often talk about the pace (tempo is also used) and speed of a basketball game, and folks often use these terms interchangeably. However, they are different on subtle levels. It always amazes me when a coach or a fan speaks about how fast his team has played, or will play. Usually, these references address the speed of moving up or down the court between possession changes rather than the pace of play, measured by the number of possessions that occur during a 40-minute basketball game.