Team Pick-and-Roll Defense: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

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Since today's NBA is such a heavy pick-and-roll league, being able to defend this play effectively has become almost equally as important as being able to run it. … [Read more...]

Playoff Capsule: Miami Heat

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When the super friends joined forces in Miami, most expected their offense to be the primary driving force to the team's success. As it turned out, they soon received league-wide acclaim for their suffocating defense and that eventually became Miami's identity. This season, Miami has embraced a … [Read more...]

Chris Bosh’s Game Winner was Foreshadowed in the First Quarter

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Early in the first quarter of last night's game between the San Antonio Spurs and the short-handed Miami Heat, the Heat got Chris Bosh an open 3-point look by using a combination roll/pop action off a pick-and-roll out of a horns set. Point guard Norris Cole - filling in for the "injured" Mario … [Read more...]

Heroball? Miami Uses Movement To Get A Wide Open Three In Ovetime

In overtime against Toronto, the Miami Heat needed a basket to keep them in the game down by four points.  They went to a simple yet effective set that used every one of their big four and led to a wide open Ray Allen three. Things start off with Dwyane Wade coming across the top of the key … [Read more...]

The 3-Point Play: Grizzlies, Heat and Hornets

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Welcome to The 3-Point Play, a new 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. This week, we've … [Read more...]

JET Terry, Tyson Chandler, Chris Bosh And The Art Of Screen-Slipping


We've already done a bunch of writing about both the pick-and-roll and the pick-and-pop in the early days of HoopChalk. The first words I ever wrote on the site stressed the importance of the actual pick in these actions: Screening the ball-handler’s defender creates separation between the ball and … [Read more...]


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