And what was the strength of schedule during each of the periods you mention? I would suggest that its alot more about who we played than whether Pau was in the lineup or not.
When pau plays we are 18-20
when he was out we were 18-15
Actually when he was out during that 20 game stretch we were 13-7. thats a .650 winning percentage.
So its there fore pau out means more wins. By quite a bit too.
And the defensive aspect well I really shouldn't even have to say anything for the matador defense.