Intellectual Theft: Mike Malone

13 NBA teams will be entering the 2013-2014 season with a new head coach. Each of those coaches will face unique challenges, but should be able to draw on a pool of experience from their previous jobs. Intellectual Theft is a series looking at some specific elements that each coach can bring from … [Read more...]

Slipping The Pick-And-Roll: How San Antonio Thwarted The Miami P&R Trap In Game 1

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Beating Miami's trapping pick-and-roll defense isn't particularly easy. It requires the right and pinpoint passes, secondary penetration and very skilled players. In the Eastern Conference Finals, the Indiana Pacers didn't try to beat the trap so much as use its momentum against itself. Using Roy … [Read more...]

Miami-Indiana Game 1: Roy Hibbert Or Not, It Wouldn’t Have Mattered

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Lost in the Frank Vogel-aimed yelling is a play from late in the 4th quarter, when Dwyane Wade streaked in for a layup over Roy Hibbert. It gave Miami a two-point lead, but more importantly poked a giant hole in the Hibbert-led Indiana defense; he can't cover Bosh as a shooter and protect the rim at … [Read more...]

The Grandeur Of Stephen Curry

While they may have lost in a backbreaking fashion, the Warriors showed much more than the inability to execute in crunch time Game 1 against San Antonio. To choke, a team has to have a fairly sizable lead, which Golden State shockingly did. This lead was primarily built on the strength of a … [Read more...]

Wait A Second, We’ve Seen That Play For Danny Green Before…

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So, that Warriors-Spurs Game 1, right? Pretty fun. It was also an exhibition in offensive coaching and running plays and organization versus isolation-style hero ball. It was also also Gregg Popovich vs. Mark Jackson. Gregg Popovich won. Now, to be fair: Pop's Spurs did run plenty of half-hearted … [Read more...]

Knicks-Pacers Game 1: Was Carmelo Anthony the victim of uncalled fouls?

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It's become something of a common refrain among Knicks fans that Carmelo Anthony "never gets any calls." (Full disclosure: I am a Knicks fan, though I do not belong to this particular sect of fandom.) The story goes that the ratio of contact taken to fouls drawn for Carmelo is very high, and that he … [Read more...]

Playoff Capsule: Brooklyn Nets

The Nets have the ninth-best offense in the league, and as interim head coach P.J. Carlesimo noted to reporters in the team's first postseason practice, their playbook isn't too extensive. Here's a breakdown of their most commonly-used set this year: One of the Nets' most common actions you'll … [Read more...]

Playoff capsule: San Antonio Spurs

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Intricacies of the San Antonio Spurs' motion offense have been well-documented in recent years, especially in the new age of the Internet scribe. The drive-and-kick attack predicated around floor-spacing, ball-movement, corner threes and, ya know, three future Hall-of-Famers, has been a consistent … [Read more...]

Playoff Capsule: Denver Nuggets

The Denver Nuggets are borderline monomaniacal in their pursuit of shots at the rim. For the fourth time in George Karl's eight seasons as head coach, the Nuggets led the league in field goal attempts in the restricted area. The gap between Denver (3316 attempts, or 40.43 per game) and the team with … [Read more...]

The Warriors and the 1-2 Pick-and-Roll

While the dominant story of Friday night's Lakers-Warriors tilt may have been Kobe Bryant going down with an achilles injury, there was one particular play the Warriors hurt the Lakers with earlier in the game that could be important down the line. The play was a 1-2 pick and roll between Stephen … [Read more...]

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