Playoff Capsule: Chicago Bulls

Caleb Nordgren is a proud Chicagoan, a journalism student at Michigan State University, the editor of Pippen Ain't Easy, a reporter for The State News and an avid Twitterer. He should probably get a life, one of these days. - Ed. The 2012-13 Chicago Bulls are a strange team. I don't really get … [Read more...]

Pinpoint Indiana Execution, Bad Clipper Rotations Lead to Pacers Victory

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The Indiana Pacers are not exactly known for their offense. While they sport the stingiest defensive unit in the league, Frank Vogel's team ranks just 18th overall in offensive efficiency at 102.0 points per 100 possessions, per NBA.com. Over the last month or so, however, that number has taken a … [Read more...]

Boston’s Veteran Defense Stops Atlanta’s Trickery

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The Celtics may have lost to the Hawks in double overtime on Friday night, but Boston was able to send the game to overtime because of their stifling defense on the final possession of regulation Let’s take a look at how they did it. For the the final play of regulation the Hawks had the ball out … [Read more...]

3-Point Play: Late Game Offense

Welcome back to The 3-Point Play, a semi-regular recurring feature here at HoopChalk. Every so often, I’ll take a quick look at sets from three different teams that have something in common. Rather than devoting a separate post to each of them, they’ll all be grouped together here. Today, we’ve got … [Read more...]

Bradley Beal’s Misdirection Fools Austin Rivers

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Sometimes, a play doesn't need to be too complicated to be effective. The following play in the Wizards-Hornets game is an example of a pretty simple action that completely fools the defense. On quick-shot out-of-bounds plays, the first movement is usually a decoy. A player will make a move to … [Read more...]

Peeling Back The Layers On Draymond Green’s Game Winner

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The Golden State Warriors beat the Miami Heat on the strength of a beautifully designed set play that was notable for multiple reasons. First, as Couper Moorhead of HEAT.com pointed out on Twitter, was that the Warriors actually ran the same exact set earlier in the game. The play the Warriors used … [Read more...]

Knicks Shake Up Nuggets With Double Hand-off Play

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New York Knicks head coach Mike Woodson has never exactly been known as an offensive savant; he was, after all, the purveyor of Iso Joe for years in Atlanta. He brought that offense with him to New York last season after taking over for the departed Mike D'Antoni, but this season has seen a drastic … [Read more...]

Gordon Hayward’s Game-Winner

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The forefather (in my mind, at least) of NBA strategy analysis in blog form, Sebastian Pruiti (God rest his Twitter account), had a regular series of posts in which he would always analyze the plays that got an NBA team a clutch basket/game-winner. This is me bringing that back.  Following a … [Read more...]

Indiana’s Defensive Miscommunication Seals Their Fate

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During the final possessions of the Hawks win over the Pacers, communication on the defense proved to be the game's deciding factor. Let’s take a look at what went wrong for the Pacers and right for the Hawks. Down by one with 19 seconds remaining, the Pacers were forced to foul in order to get … [Read more...]

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