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The officials have to call all of the grabbing to open up the game.
Watch the State – UMd game from the ACCT Finals in 1974 and see how that game was called. Notice the pace as well. This is all on the officials. Coaches have taught the kids to play rough and dared the officials to call 35 fouls per half. When the refs blow all of those whistles the fans complain about stoppages in play. You have to go through a re-training of the players and coaches to make the game better.
As for scoring being better before the 3PT shot, I would disagree that there is a causal relationship. The best teams in the NBA this year are the ones that shoot and make the most 3’s. The “mid-range game”, particularly with rugby rules in play, is the absolute worst way to spend a possession if you analyze offenses on a points per possession basis. You want to shoot lay-ups/dunks and 3’s to maximize efficiency.
We don’t need to shorten the shot clock. Just allow offenses to function like they are supposed to.