SAVĀDĀKA LASĀMVIELA PAR VIENRADZI UN DALASU JEB KAS LĀCĪTIM VĒDERĀ?

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NBA basketbols Latvijā ir populārāks nekā jebkad iepriekš. Pēc iedzīvotāju skaita mazā Latvija pasaules spēcīgākajā basketbola līgā šosezon ir pārstāvēta ar 3 spēlētājiem, no kuriem īpaši jāizceļ 2,21 metrus garais Dalasas Mavericks spēlētājs Kristaps Porziņģis.

Porziņģis ir atpakaļ! Protams, ka pēc pusotra gada bez basketbola (2018. gada 6. februāris, spēle pret Milvoki – kreisā ceļgala priekšējā krusteniskā saite) daudziem basketbola faniem rodas jautājumi:

  • Vai mēs redzēsim veco labo KP spēlējot savu labāko basketbolu pēc smagas ceļgala traumas?
  • Kā KP iejutīsies jaunajā komandā? Kāda saikne laukumā izveidosies ar slovēni Dončiču?

Pusotrs gads bez basketbola Porziņģa dzīvē ir bijis piedzīvojumiem bagāts. Ja neskaita atkopšanos no traumas un smagu darbu, kas ieguldīts muskuļu masas audzēšanai un basketbola tehnikas slīpēšanai, tad nevar nepieminēt arī:

  • aizmainīšanu no New York Knicks uz Dallas Mavericks;

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  • Vienradža cīņu ar Karostas Fēliksu;

KP vs Karostas felikss

  • Kā arī privātās dzīves “nesmukumus” ar kaimiņieni, kura nakts vidū Vienradža apartamentos visticamāk kopīgi vēlējās padzert tēju un papļāpāt par dzīvi.

Klāt nebiju kaimiņienes vizītes laikā un neredzēju Vienradža kautiņu ar Fēliksu, bet skatoties spēli pret New York Knicks Ņujorkā savām ausīm dzirdēju “KP sucks, KP sucks!”. Šīs blakuslietas un ne īpaši sekmīgais sezonas starts priekš KP… Tas ir psiholoģiski grūti.

Mēs nevaram šobrīd prasīt labāko un stabilāko sniegumu no Latvijas labākā basketbolista, bet ar optimismu varam raudzīties nākotnē, jo viņš ir pārāk talantīgs un īpašs spēlētājs, lai pat pēc šīs smagās traumas dēļ paliktu par NBA viduvējību.

Kā piemēru varam minēt Hayward (Boston Celtics), kurš pēc ļoti smagas traumas tikai savā 2. gadā pēc atgriešanās sācis rādīt komandas vislabāk apmaksātā spēlētāja cienīgu sniegumu, lai gan rokas lūzuma dēļ viņš nespēlē arī šobrīd.

Pēc neliela ievada ķeramies klāt Dallas Mavericks un Porziņģa spēļu analīzei. Lai informācija būtu pamatota un balstīta uz reāliem faktiem nevis uz emocionāliem spriedumiem es noskatījos 3 Teksasas komandas spēles “izejot cauri” katram Rika Kārlaila vadītās komandas uzbrukumam (protams arī ikdienā skatos Mavs spēles):

  • KP rezultatīvākā sezonas spēle pret Portlendu (32 punkti);
  • KP mazrezultatīvākā sezonas spēle pret Bostonu (4 punkti);
  • KP psiholoģiski grūtākā spēle Ņujorkā pret Knicks.

Paskatīsimies, kas lācītim vēderā jeb dosimies basketbola statistikas un taktikas pasaulē.

KĀ SPĒLĒ DALASAS MAVERICKS?

Dallas Mavs stati

Dalasa ir komanda ar labāko uzbrukumu NBA (īpaši jāizceļ pēdējās 3 spēles +48 (iekavās gūtie punkti 142), +42 (143), +14 (137)), daudz met trīspunktniekus, bet salīdznoši maz iet uz grozu, lai gan to dara ļoti efektīvi. Maz kļūdās un dominē pie groziem (atlēcošās bumbas). Rika Kārlaila komanda spēlē vidēji-lēnu basketbolu. Dončiča kontrolē komandas uzbrukumu un to sezonas sākumā to dara ļoti labi!

Interesanti, ka abi komandas līderi un nākotnes spēlētāji – Dončičs (20) un Porziņģis (24) – ir attiecīgi 1. un 3. jaunākie spēlētāji komandā, bet pati Teksasas komanda ir starp līgas vecākajām komandām.

Pat neskatoties uz to, ka KP tikai ieskrienās, Dalasa ir 7. vietā NBA pēc komandas divu rezultatīvāko spēlētāju kopā gūtajiem punktiem vidēji spēlē.

NBA rezultativakie duos

Aizsardzībā Dalasas komanda spēlē viduvēji un bieži spēles vien spēles beigās komandai neizdodas parādīt saturīgāko sniegumu uzbrukumā.

Kopā ar Miami Heat, Phoenix Suns viens no lielākajiem NBA sezonas pārsteigumiem šobrīd, lai gan mani personīgi Mavericks labā spēle tik ļoti nepārsteidz.

KRISTAPS PORZIŅĢIS. STATISTIKA, FAKTI, LOMA KOMANDĀ.

Latvijas basketbola faniem vajadzētu pašiem sev atbildēt uz jautājumu – vai mēs gribam redzēt KP krājot statistiku un neiekļūt play-off (Knicks) vai reāli būt play-off komandas sastāvdaļai (Mavericks), bet izmetot mazāk metienus spēle?

Ja daudzi Dalasas komandas kopējie rādītāji ir NBA TOP 5 līmenī, tad mūsu spēlētāju šobrīd īpaši izcelt var tikai bloķētājos metienos (4. vieta NBA), kā arī atlēcošajās bumbās aizsardzībā, kas gan 2.21m garo spēlētāju nepadara unikālu uz kopējā NBA spēlētāju fona.

Porzingis stati

Kā arī 3-punktnieku precizitātē starp garākajiem NBA spēlētājiem…

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METIENU PRECIZITĀTE.

Fakts. Porziņģim sezonas sākumā metieni nekrīt grozā. Labā lieta ir tas, ka NBA sezona ir maratons nevis sprints un KP ir pietiekami daudz laika uzlabot savu precizitāti un atrast un aprast ar savu lomu komandā. Protams, labākajiem spēlētājiem metienu precizitāte bieži nebūs starp augstākajām, jo tieši viņi met arī uzbrukuma pēdējo sekunžu un citus grūtus metienus, kas ietekmē precizitāti.

KP % per game

Kā redzams attēlā zemāk latviešu spēlētājs groza tuvumā uzbrūk ļoti efektīvi, kā arī 3-punktu metienu no laukuma vidus tiek realizēti ar salīdzinoši augstu precizitāti. (Tumši zaļš – ļoti augsta precizitāte, gaiši zaļš – zemāka precizitāte). Pustālie metieni un metienu no soda laukuma šobrīd ir viņa ahileja papēdis.

Metienu precizitāte

Ja izmesto 3-punktu metienu skaits no laukuma vidus ir loģisks (jo precizitāte ir pieklājīga), tad neloģiski šķiet tas, ka metieni groza tuvumā (restricted area) sastāda tikai 18.5% (attēls zemāk) no visiem 2.21m garā spēlētāja metieniem, turklāt tie tiek realizēti ar visaugstāko precizitāti – 75.6%.

Protams, neviens jau 2.21m spēlētāju tāpat vien groza tuvumā nelaidīs, bet arī komandas taktiskā zīmējums vairāk ir tendēts uz Dončiča pick-and-roll un KP “pop” (pēc aizsega veidošanas nevis doties uz grozu, bet aiz 3-punktu līnijas). Turklāt Porziņģis pēc basketball-reference.com informācijas 85% laika spēlē 4. numura pozīcijā un tikai 15% 5. numura pozīcijā.

Trīspunktu metieni no stūra tiek izpildīti ļoti retos gadījumos.

KP metienu daudzums

KĀ PORZIŅĢIS GŪST PUNKTUS?

OFF-BALL SCREENS. Komandas biedri izkārto metienus ar blokiem prom no bumbas.
Ļoti bieži tie ir DOWNSCREEN.

OFF BALL screens

DRIVE-KICK. Spēlētājs ar bumbu dodās uz grozu, piesaista aizsargus un piespēlē Porziņģim + tālāka bumbas kustība (extra pass), ja vajadzīgs.

DRIVEkick + Extra pass

1 PRET 1. Pēc bumbas saņemšanas pretinieks tiek apspēlēts 1 pret 1.

KP 1vs1

PICK-AND-POP. Pret “ICE” vai “FLAT” aizsardzību bieži vien neveidojot aizsegu uzreiz POP aiz trīspunktu līnijas. Reizēm Porziņģis neuzliek kārtīgu bloku, bet “pop” vai “slip”, lai gan man personīgi liekas, ka reizēm kārtīgs bloks būtu vērtīgāka opcija.

ICE or FLAT PNR

POST UP. Iespēle postā, spēle 1vs1 ar muguru pret grozu. Spēles elements, kas šobrīd buksē…

POST UP KP

VEIDI KĀ ŠOSEZON PORZIŅĢIS GŪST PUNKTUS VISLABĀK.

Thumbup

PUT-BACK DUNK or LAY-UP vai jebkurš metiens groza tuvumā pēc izcīnītas atlēcošās bumbas.

Putback or offensive rebound

CUT TO THE BASKET. Izrāviens uz grozu, visbiežāk situācijās, kad Luka vai kāds no citiem spēlētājiem saasina situāciju piesaistot aizsargu uzmanību un pēdējā brīdī piespēlējot KP , kurš raujās uz grozu izmantojot pretinieka kļūdu aizsardzībā.

Cut to basket

PICK-AND-ROLL. Īpaši efektīvs ir dinamisks (kad pirms pirms aizsega uzlikšanas spēlētājam ir bijusi kustība/veidots cits aizsegs. Piemēram, hand-off + pick-and-roll)  pick-and-rolls salīdzinot ar statisku pick-and-roll versiju.

Pick-and-Roll KP dinamisks

Hand-off + pick-and-roll.

Dinamisks pick-and-rolls

 

TRANSITION. Vienradzis ir ļoti efektīvs pārējā no aizsardzības uzbrukumā. Vai tas ir:

  • Ball reversal (#1). Bumbas kustība. Ļoti bieži KP vai Kleber vai jebkurš spēlētājs, kurš spēlē 4. vai 5. numura pozīcijā apstājās aiz trīspunktu līnijas pretīm grozam.
  • Rim to rim (#2) (garie spēlētāji ir ļoti efektīvi, ja spēj noskriet pretinieku garos spēlētājus un ieņemt vietu soda laukumā pirms pretinieku aizsardzības ir nostājusies);
  • Drag screen (#3) (aizsegs uz bumbu pārejā) + roll.

Transition options

Pie pašreizējās situācijas labākās opcijas uzbrukumā priekš Porziņģa ir iet pēc uzbrukuma bumbām, put-back dunkiem, meklēt situācijas pārējā no aizsardzības uzbrukuma, soda metieni, kā arī nesasteigti trīspunktu metieni.

Diemžēl šobrīd 1 pret 1 spēle gan postā, gan no perimetra nav līmenī… Pazuduši pustālie metieni pret vairogu. Bet es nešaubos, ka tas viss atgriezīsies sezonas gaitā.

Ir jāatrod risinājumi kā iesaistīt Max Player (spēlētāju ar maksimālo līgumu), bet tajā pašā laikā komanda spēlē labāk nekā cerēts un ir lietas, kas strādā ļoti labi arī neko nemainot.

Varbūt lieta, ko gribētos redzēt vairāk no Mavericks treneru kolektīva attiecībā uz uzbrukuma stratēģiju liepājnieka gadījumā ir šāda tipa uzbrukuma sadarbības kā šī sadarbība uz Bobanu Marjanoviču groza apakšā pēc minūtes pārtraukuma :

Boban play 1

Boban play 2

PORZIŅĢA UN DONČIČA KOEKSISTENCE. VAI KP IR PELNĪJIS VAIRĀK PIESPĒĻU NO SAVA KOMANDAS BIEDRA?

Komanda spēlē labāk kā cerēts, Dončičs stāda rekordus un vidēji spēlē savāc triple-double un pēc daudzu NBA fanu domām tieši viņš līdz šim ir šīs sezonas MVP. Protams, sasteigti metieni, reizēm ne tie labākie lēmumi atbildīgākajos brīžos, bet neviens nav perfekts un slovēnim ir tikai 20 gadu.

LUKA MVP

Es pat teiktu, ka Luka ir “baltā Hardena versija” ar kuru patīkamāk spēlēt kopā. Abi daudz un ar labu precizitāti izpilda step-back 3-punktniekus, abi daudz kontrolē bumbu. Tikpat labi slovēni varētu salīdzināt ar Lebronu, kurš pēc spēles ar smaidu Lukam teica: “You’re a one bad m***** f******”.

Jā, Dončičs ir šobrīd labākais Dalasas spēlētājs bez šaubām un ir sāpinājis Latvijas izlases līdzjutējus iepriekš, bet absurds liekās vairāku basketbola fanu viedoklis, ka KP nevar iespēlēties un atrast spēles ritmu tādēļ, ka Luka kontrolē bumbu gandrīz lielāko uzbrukuma laiku. Atgādināšu, ka Dalasai uz doto brīdi ir labākais uzbrukums visā NBA.

Tas man drīzāk atgādina uzvarošas un veiksmīgas jaunatnes līgas komandas vecāku vai vecākus apgalvojumus, ka viņu atvase netiek iespēlēts kā vajag un met pa grozu par maz neskatoties uz to, ka “viss strādā”.

FAKTI.

Pēc 3 Mavericks spēļu uzbrukuma detalizētas analīzes apgalvojums, ka Luka ar savām piespēlēm neatrod Porziņģi ir nepatiess – 40.5% no visām potenciālajām rezultatīvajām un rezultatīvajām piespēlēm bija Porziņģim, kas ir pat ļoti augsts rādītājs pie esošās situācijas.

Dončic assisti

Interesanti, ka laukumā neesot Porziņģim biežāk kā katru trešo reizi (36%) potenciāli rezultatīvā vai rezultatīvā piespēle ir spēlētājam kādā no laukuma stūriem.

Arī Porziņģim esot laukumā reizēs, kad Luka (tāpat kā lielākā daļa spēlētāju) dodas caurgājienā (pat neņemot vērā viņā lielisko laukuma pārredzēšanu) viņš izvēlēsies “ērtāko” piespēli, kas tajā brīdī iespējama un bieži tā ir kādam no perimetra spēlētājiem stūrī. Porziņģis bieži vien stāv uz 45, kas ne vienmēr rada “ērtāko” piespēles leņķi un ne jau tāpēc, ka Luka neredz “mūsējo”.

Nebūtu prātīgi spēlētāju ar augumu 2.21m un max līgumu ielikt stūrī, kur viņš varētu stāvēt un gaidīt iespējas no 3-punktu līnijas. Porziņģis procentuālais izmestais metienu skaits no katra no stūriem ir zem 1% no visiem metieniem no spēles.

LUKA DRIVE PASS

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Piespēle komandas biedram uz stūri bieži ir ērtākā piespēle pēc dribla groza virzienā ne tikai Dončičam.

Doncic piespele uz sturi

PICK-AND-ROLL AIZSARDZĪBA. PRETINIEKI MAINĀS PIE AIZSEGIEM.

Divas stratēģijas, ja maiņas ir nevienlīdzīgas.

#1 = atstāt “mazo” pret “garo” perimetrā 1 pret 1

vai

#2 = iespēlēt “garajam” postā pret “mazo”.

ATBILDE. Dalasas Mavericks gadījumā atbilde ir pavisam vienkārša. Nedot postā KP vai kādam no citiem garajiem, bet atstāt Dončiču (vai arī Hardaway) 1 pret 1 pret bieži vien garāku un lēnāku spēlētāju.

Dallas Mavs decision par iespēli postā

Mēs esam redzējuši liepājnieku ar muguru pret grozu spēlējot arī ļoti labi NBA karjeras laikā, bet vienmēr problēmas postā problēmas sagādājuši augumā mazāki, bet fiziski spēcīgāki un smagāki spēlētāji kā Smart (Boston Celtics) un PJ Tucker (Houston Rockets).

DALASAS TORŅI

KP Marjanovič

Mēs esam liecinieki unikālai situācijai, kad vienā komandā kopā spēlē abi NBA garākie spēlētāji – KP (2.21m) un Marjanovičs (2.24m), ja mēs ņemam vērā reāli spēlējošos spēlētājus (Bostonas Celtics spēlētājs Tacko Fall ar augumu 2.29m pārsvarā spēlē G-līgā Maine Red Claws sastāvā).

Bobam + KP

Dalasas Torņi gan nav garākais duets NBA vēsturē, kas vienlaicīgi spēlējuši laukumā. 1988.-89. gada sezonā Golden State Warriors treneris Don Nelson dažreiz mēdza laukumā sūtīt Ralph Sampson (2.24m) + Manute Bol (2.31m).

Kādas ir Dalasas komandas sekmes abiem torņiem vienlaicīgi esot laukumā?

Lai gan vienlaicīgi laukumā pavadītas tikai 10 minūtes, šajā laika periodā Dalasas spēle vērtējama ar + zīmi. Komanda iemetusi par 5 (+/- +5) punktiem vairāk kā pretinieki (33:28).

Uzbrukumā savāktas 50% no iespējamām atlēcošājām bumbām (NBA labākā komanda šajā rādītājā ir New York Knicks – 26.1%), komanda metusi ar 61.9% (NBA labākā komanda šajā rādītājā Miami Heat – 48.1%)  precizitāti no spēles,bet pretinieki uzbrukuši tikai ar 40% precizitāti (neviena komanda vidēji nemet ar tik zemu precizitāti).

Vienīgā problēma ir tas, ka pretinieki izpilda ļoti daudz soda metienus abiem līgas garākajiem spēlētājiem esot laukumā vienlaicīgi.

Jebkurā gadījumā, varbūt ir vērts paeksperimentēt vairāk sūtot abus torņus laukumā reizē?

Statistikas rādītāji  (25.11.2019)

Paldies par izturību lasītājiem, veiksmi Porziņģim un Dalasai, kā arī Latvijas basketbolam kopumā! 

Kristians@abouthegame.com

 

 

76ERS GAME WINNING SIDELINE OUT OF BOUNDS PLAY VS PORTLAND.

Another entertaining NBA basketball game where winner has been decided in last seconds of the game – Trail Blazers vs 76ers. It’s very hard to beat Portland at their home court especially without your leader Embiid. Portland was leading almost whole game and it’s biggest lead was +21…

Portland vs 76ers

“The 76ers are the last undefeated team in the league with their first 5-0 start since the 2000-01 season.”

76ers remained only unbeaten NBA team until today’s game vs. one of the biggest surprises this season – Phoenix Suns.

76ERS GAME WINNING SIDELINE OUT OF BOUNDS PLAY.

Korkmaz called his 3 to win it a “dream come true.

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#SITUATION#

The score is 128:126 (+2 Portland). They have timeout left, no fouls to give. If Philadelphia scores 2 – it’s overtime, if 3 – they +1. The best case scenario for 76ers is to attempt open catch-and-shoot 3-pointer.

Por vs Phi #1

GAME WINNING SIDELINE OUT OF BOUNDS PLAY BY COACH BRETT BROWN.

Play starts with Harris’ (4) cut towards the basket where he was about to set the screen to Richardson (false action?) and at the same time Korkmaz (K) who was at the top of the key area moving towards the wing area where he received screen from Horford in order to free himself open for corner 3.

PHI korkmaz 1

PHI korkmaz 2

PHI korkmaz 3

It worked well for a Philadelphia and they remain only unbeaten team in NBA this season. (for 2 more days).

You simply can’t allow to let offensive player to catch + square to the basket and shoot relatively open 3 at the same side corner after guarding only one screen when only 2.2 seconds were left on shot clock.

Lillard’s & Tolliver cooperation defensively was far from great.

HOW TO DEFEND THIS TYPE OF SCREEN?

First of all it’s important to put pressure on inbounder. Often teams assign tallest player of its roster to defend player who inbounds the ball.

Inbound pressure

Side-line out of bounds strategy

Also we have to take in account that veteran Horford set a solid screen and probably used his experience to slow down Lillard a bit 🙂

#1. SWITCH. No doubts, there should be a switch. Even initial decision was not to switch, in emergency situation like this when Lillard stuck in a screen it was the right strategy for defense. Screen defender’s X5 (Tolliver) defense was questionable. Even he didn’t switch or help Lillard to cover Korkmaz, he also didn’t follow Horford (5) behind 3-point line… and wasn’t ready to help in case if Horford was about to set downscreen for Richardson (3). He was protecting paint…

SWITCH

Lillard stuck in a screen + Horford set a good screen.

Stuck screen

Tolliver (X5) was protecting the paint and didn’t help or guard his initial defender (5).

Distance + Tolliver

My theory. We all know that NBA is big business and more last second game-winning shots, OT and more close games makes this product attractive to spectators. So probably League encourages coaches to do less SWITCHING in these situations.

#2. FOLLOW. Of course it’s possible to defend the screen the same way as Portland did but do it more effective. Lillard should go over the screen and FOLLOW Korkmaz. Because he stuck in the screen it gave enough time for Korkmaz to catch the ball and attempt probably the best 3-point shot that Philly can get within 2.2 seconds.

#3. THROUGH.  2 options =  through/over. Since Tolliver was 2 steps below the level of the screen, it was enough space for Lillard to get THROUGH and still be near Korkmaz.

THROUGH

 

MORE “INTERESTING GAMES”?

YES! New season has started with game-winning buzzers and lot of games where winner is decided in last few minutes of the game. Maybe it’s just the start of the season but it’s harder to predict the outcome of most of games.

Even there’s still huge gap between LA Clippers, Milwaukee, Philadelphia, LA Lakers and other top teams vs. Cleveland Cavaliers, New York Knicks and other underdogs there are at least 7-8 teams who realistically can win NBA Title and few teams can surprise by making play-offs (Phoenix?).

NBA games which ended with 0 to 4 points difference between teams in NBA after first 13 days increased by 12.4% compared to last season (63.5% 2019-20 vs 52.1% 2018-19).

Por vs Phi #3

 

PHILADELPHIA 5-0 – LAST UNBEATEN TEAM IN NBA!

Another sign that this season should be very interesting is that after 5 games played only Coach Brown’s team is only unbeaten team left in NBA (Philadelphia lost their next game against Phoenix Suns (5-1).). This summer’s free agency was probably the most surprising and most unpredictable ever.

Teams with perfect start of the season in last 6 seasons after 6+ games played.

Por vs Phi #2

 

Thanks for reading! CoachKris@abouthegame.com

TEAM CHINA. IMPORTANCE OF GUO AILUN.

Basketball World Cup in Beijing. Excellent start of the game for Team China but painful loss in OT vs Poland 76:79 in the end of the game.

Personally I think that Team China was quality enough team to win Poland. Poland definitely not among TOP 10 teams in Europe and their only active NBA player Marcin Gortat is not with his team in this World Cup. Yi JianLian is the best player in Group A.

So what’s was the problem? Zhou Qi did not play well in the end of the game, Coach Li Nan strategy or just silly turnovers while the ball was inbounding ball from side-line? In my opinion… the absence of Guo Ailun was the biggest problem!

With him on the court probably there’s no need for last seconds drama.

5 FOULS

One of the key players simply can’t get 5 personal fouls in 13 minutes even I really liked aggressive pressure defense by China team guards including Liaoning star.

Also there can’t be complaining about referees, referees was good enough…

Foul #1. Too aggressive post defense & unnecessary attempts to steal the ball.

FOULs 1 post

Foul #2. Transition.

FOUL 2 transiton

Foul #3. Offensive foul.

3rd offensive foul

Foul #4. In my opinion only foul where we can discuss if it was foul or not.

Foul 4

Foul #5. Fouled his opponent while fighting the screen.

FOUL 5 fighting screen

 

GUO AILUN.

Guo

Most of you basketball fans know your own players from A to Z. My impressions:

  • World-class ball-handler (other examples Kyrie, Kemba);
  • High IQ player, takes care of basketball – 1 (!!!) turnover in 47 minutes! Great decisions in pick-and-roll situations.
  • More dangerous on drive vs. outside shooting. In last 2 NBA seasons he made almost 35% of 3-pointers which is OK accuracy but nothing impressive. (https://basketball.realgm.com/national/teams/4/China/nba_players)

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  • Quick. Extremely dangerous in offensive transition. Puts lot of pressure on defense by attacking the paint. Was a bit unlucky with finishing around the basket (vs. Poland).
  • Sometimes play too emotionally and unnecessary aggressive on defense.

IMPORTANCE OF YI JIANLIAN AND GUO.

Of course coaches wish players never get tired and make all their shots but it’s obvious that this is different Team China when Yi and Guo is on court at the same time. Unfortunately for Asia’s best team 2 of their best players already had 3 personal fouls each pretty quickly.

Points difference when Yi and Guo was on/off court vs. Poland.

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IT’S DIFFERENT TEAM WITHOUT LIAONING SUPERSTAR.

Team China strategy was to play with 3 guards and 2 big men at the same time very often. Shorter and quicker guards were able to put lot of on-ball pressure on Poland outside players.

Still Asia’s best team’s strength is not outside players (especially if Guo Ailun not playing). Ok, Zhou Qi obvious didn’t have his best game but anyway… Team China big men trio – Yi/Zhou Qi/Wang are definitely better than Polish teams’ and many other World Cup participants PF/C position players.

Statistics (vs. Ivory Coast vs. Poland).

Guo Ailun vs other Team China guards.

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This is not an compliment to an outside player, especially for PG or SG if defense defends pick-and-roll with SQUEEZE & UNDER or UNDER strategy.

SQUEEZE & UNDER strategy is used vs non-shooting ball-handler + big men as a threat. It provokes guard to take shot and takes away big man’s roll or pop option.

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Despite Rui Zhao (#1) made 42% of 3-pointers last season with Guangdong team , he doesn’t shoot too many 3s per game.

Nowadays is hard to win big games and big tournaments without wing players who can made catch-and-shoot 3s’ or play pick-and-roll effectively…

Yes, also Guo Ailun is not the world-class outside shooter but his abilities to drive to the basket and ball-handling creates opportunities for other teammates. He is much better offensive player than other guards in this team!

Sad that 42 years old LiNan can’t join this China team and play in 2004 Athens Olympic game level when he was 27. This team lack of this type of player in it’s roster in this World Cup.

Li Nan

Good luck for Team China vs Venezuela! Sixth player in packed and loud Cadillac Arena in Wukesong could be a game deciding factor. 60/40 – China.

 

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WHAT HAPPENED IN LAST 3 MINUTES IN NBA FINALS GAME 5? DETAILS.

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Dramatic, unpredictable, entertaining –  last 3 minutes of NBA Finals game 5. Situation were changing every possession. Raptors were so close to win their first NBA Title but now we will be able to see one more last game in Oracle Arena (Warriors will move to new basketball venue next season).

Only 1 of 34 times team who was down 1:3 in NBA Finals won NBA Title. It was 2016 Cavaliers team (vs. Golden State) – “The Cavaliers won the next three games to become the first team in Finals history to successfully overcome a 3–1 deficit. ”

Toronto Raptors had a 94% chance to win NBA Title when 2:59 was left on game clock and they had a ball.

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The worst time-out ever?

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71% of NBA basketball fans voted that Coach Nick Nurse time-out 3 minutes before the end of game negatively affected Raptors performance…

“We had two free ones that you lose under the three-minute mark, and we just came across and just decided to give those guys a rest, and we had back-to-back ones there that we would have lost them under the three-minute mark, and just thought we could use the extra energy push,” Nurse explained after the game.

(https://nba.nbcsports.com/2019/06/11/nick-nurse-says-timeout-during-raptors-run-was-to-get-players-extra-rest/)

If someone work as a coach he knows that if team wins every decision you made was right and vice-versa. Anyway, let’s start to take a look on what happened in last 3 minutes of the NBA Finals Game 5.

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Kawhi drives to the basket and draws the foul. Toronto ball. 2:59 left on game clock and Raptors lead by 6 points – 103:97.

SOB play. The idea is to get the ball to Kawhi hands so he can play 1vs1. 

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6 seconds before end of shot clock, Kawhi missed tough fade-away shot.

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Golden State attack. Curry passes to Cook who slips the screen. Aggressive defense by Kawhi don’t allow Klay to receive the ball. Cook passes back to Curry who plays PNR with Green. Green also slips the screen since Raptors was about to TRAP Curry (2 players on Curry) and not even looking towards the ball he automatically set off-ball screen for Klay. Quick re-screen allowed Klay to get open look. 3 points! Lowry who was guarding Green was hesitating to recover back to Green after ball was passed out of trap. 

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Most of the time teams don’t score directly because of play which is drawn by coach but plays often creates situations where players can PLAY BY PRINCIPLE and make decisions by themselves.

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Toronto ball. Lowry passes ball to Gasol (high-post) who is well known as great passing big and sets the screen for Kawhi. Klay do a great job defending Kawhi. Leonard reads situation and don’t fight through aggressive defense but simply back-cuts towards the basket. X4 (Green) had to “give help” to prevent Kawhi to score easy lay-up. It allowed Lowry to get wide open 3 after moving behind three-point line.

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Aggressive defense KLAY

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2 players on Kawhi

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Transition PNR (Drag). Curry attempts 3-pointer/Cousins rolls to the basket. Put back dunk. Tough decision for refs. No basket. Toronto ball.

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Toronto ball. Lots of pick-and-rolls but great defense by Warriors didn’t allow Raptors players even to attempt a shot. Bad pass by Lowry at the end of the possession.

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Warriors inbound the ball from side-line. Play for Curry. Curry comes from staggered screen and makes 3-point shot that not many players even in NBA can make in clutch moments. 3 POINTS!

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X2 (VanVleet) did a good job trailing Curry but X5 (Gasol) stayed with screener (5) and didn’t help X2. If X5 helps too much it could cost easy lay-up because of 5 can cut to the basket, if X5 doesn’t help at all as it’s in this case it allows player who is coming off the screen to have a bigger chance for good shot attempt.

Defense on Curry

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Simple offense by Toronto. Ball to Kawhi. 1vs1, missed 3-point shot.

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Defensive rebound by Curry let’s him start Warriors transition offense without hesitation and attack before defense is set. Curry drives to basket and passes to Igoudala, Igoudala to Green, Green to Thompson. Shot fake + 1 dribble = 3-points. Great ball-movement by Steve Kerr’s team.

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Time-Out Toronto. 1 time-out left. Out of time play. Lowry/Gasol PNR. Gasol missed lay-up. Great defense by Cousins contesting shot/avoiding foul at the same time.

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Veteran Gasol and Curry’s defender traps Curry, Cousins didn’t the ball. Curry passes the ball to Green. Green steps on half-court line.

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Green steps on line

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Toronto High PNR (in the middle of the floor). SWITCH. Lowry attacks switch (Cousins) and scores 2 points (goal-tending). 

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Full-court press by Toronto. Same Warriors play as before when Curry scored 3-pointer but this time Cousins commits an offensive foul. Great anticipation and defense by VanVleet this time not allowing Curry to shoot 3-pointer.

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Too aggressive perimeter defense often allows offensive player to cut towards the basket but this time it worked out well except Cousins had offensive foul.

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NO time-out? Coach Nick Nurse decided not to use his last time out but to trust his players to make best decisions by themselves.

“I was confident we would come down and play and make the right decisions and get a good shot,” Nurse said. “I have a lot of faith in those guys.” (https://nba.nbcsports.com/2019/06/11/nick-nurse-no-timeout-kawhi-leonard-passing-kyle-lowry-missing-defend-handling-of-raptors-last-possession/).

Toronto last possession. Chance to win the NBA title!!! Kawhi finally receives the ball and he has 8.5 seconds to make a game-winning play.

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Igoudala – experience , sixth sense? Great trap and ball is out of Kawhi’s hands.

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Kawhi passes to VanVleet (3.5 seconds left) , he passes ball to Lowry = missed 3-point shot by Lowry.

Lowry’s shot was blocked and we’ll see the last Warriors NBA game in Oracle Arena before they moving to new arena.

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One of the most entertaining NBA Finals game of all time!

Pray for KD! All the best wishes to Kevin Durant to recover from his injury…

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DIFFERENT SUPERSTAR. KAWHI’S PERFORMANCE IN NBA FINALS G4.

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Raptors is very close to their first NBA Title and even they play team basketball this achievement won’t be possible without their superstar Kawhi. Excellent in Game 4 , excellent whole Play-Off time. More than ever we hear comparisons with Michael Jordan.

  • Kawhi Leonard sets his career-high 36 points per game in NBA Finals game;
  • 35 points and 0 turnovers on the road in NBA Finals: only Kawhi & Jordan.

‘’Kawhi is the best two-way player in NBA’’ ? Sorry Lebron’s or other NBA player’s fans but at this moment he is!

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His excellent skill set and versatility + calm and always on winning focused personality makes him different than most NBA superstars. Even every superstar has his ego Leonard is team player and Toronto organisation is getting the most out of this talented basketball player.

PERFECT BASKETBALL PLAYER?

1vs1 & ISO. Excellent in creating his own shot.

PICK-AND-ROLL. Unselfish player, team-first decisions. Most of the time teams ’’respect’’ Kawhi by TRAPPING PNR. His ability to pass out of trap is just another of many offensive basketball skills. Toronto Raptors is doing great job against pick-and-roll SWITCH.

OFF-BALL SCREENS. Another great skill is coming off the off-ball screens and ability to catch=and-shoot without hesitation.

TRANSITION. After getting defensive rebound he can start offense by himself with pass or just simply coast-to-coast + lay-up or just attempting 3-point shot/mid-range shot.

MID-RANGE GAME. Fade-Away. Tough shot for most of the basketball players but this skill allows him to effective especially when there are few second left on shot clock. Similarities with Micheal Jordan?

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BACK-TO-THE-BASKET. No problem.

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FREE-THROWS. 45/48 in NBA Finals!

DUNKERS’ SPOT OR BEHIND 3-POINT LINE? BOTH.

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DEFENSE + REBOUNDING. Top3 perimeter defender in NBA.

Except these all amazing skills he has he ability to stay calm and not to force the action. No EGO plays. Sometimes he can even not touch the ball few offensive possessions and let Lowry and others control the offense but afterwards can score lot of points in short period of time like he did in Game 4 (3rd quarter).

DOUBLE TEAM. CAN’T SCORE HIMSELF? Pass out of the trap is not problem for Kawhi.

#1. Post trap.

Post trap Kawhi

#2. Nearest with nearest man to get the ball out of Kawhi’s hands.

Trap nearest man Kawhi

#3. Pick-and-Roll vs Kawhi.

Pick-and-roll TRAP Kawhi

#4. Drive-and-kick.

Drive and Kick Kawhi

EFFECTIVENESS. USG%.

USG% of last 4 play-off games of all NBA players who player average more than 10 minutes per game. For Kawhi and Toronto Raptors last 4 games = NBA Final games vs. Warriors.

Kawhi USG% vs PTS per game

Statistics shows that Kawhi plays very effective in NBA Finals.

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If during regular season Raptors used to play very good even without their leader Kawhi (missed 22 regular season games) then in Play-Offs his performance is reason why they play in Finals. Field goal percentage is more than 5% higher when he’s on court and Raptors plays much better (+8.4 points more!) when Kawhi is on court!

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KAWHI LEONARD’S NBA FINALS CAREER-HIGH 36 POINTS PERFORMANCE IN GAME 4.

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  • Excellent of createing his own shot 8 of 11 Kawhi’s field goals were off the dribble and only off the catch.
  • Transition. 11 points were scored before defense was set. Two transition 3-pointers from Kawhi in the beginning of 3rd quarter was the best possible way to start second half for Raptors.
  • Second time perfect from free-throw line in NBA Finals – 9/9.
  • No lay-ups, no dunks. All shots were three-pointers/mid-range shots/fade-away or free-throws.

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“I don’t play hero basketball. I am not playing for fans. I’m just playing to win. I’m not out here trying to break records …” Kawhi right after taking 3-1 lead

Good luck to Leonard in game 5 but if you not playing for fans then you can’t ask supermax deal… Fans = money… Maybe Kawhi doesn’t care of it that much as we think?

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NBA FINALS 1:1. WARRIORS VICTORY WITHOUT SECOND CHANCE POINTS & IMPORTANCE OF BALL MOVEMENT.

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WARRIORS DON’T NEED SECOND CHANCE POINTS TO TIE THE SERIES.

What is Second Chance Points?

“A basketball phrase used to describe any points scored during a possession by the offense after an offensive player has already attempted one shot and missed. If a player is fouled on a shot attempt and receives free throws, any points scored are not considered second chance points. However, if a second shot attempt in a possession results in a missed shot and a foul which awards free throws, any free throws made would be considered second chance points.” (https://www.sportingcharts.com/dictionary/nba/second-chance-points.aspx).

In short, you have to get an offensive rebound to have a second chance to score.

Golden State Warriors didn’t have any second chance point (0!) but they won the NBA Finals G2. That not happens often. They missed all 6 field goal attempts after collecting offensive rebound (second chance opportunities).

Few reasons why Coach Steve Kerr’s team didn’t have second chance points:

  • Low amount of FGA + good accuracy (if you score you can’t get an offensive rebound & less field goal attempts = less chances to grab offensive rebound).
  • High Opponent’s Defensive Rebounding % – 85.0% (the more defensive rebounds of all available you get the less offensive rebounds left for opponent). Golden State got only 6 offensive rebounds.
  • Game plan? Not sending enough players to crash the boards but instead sprinting back to be sure that Raptors don’t score in transition.
  • Simply just not lucky day (0/6 second chances).

How important factor is to score Second Chance points?

Game 2 = Toronto – Golden State 23:0… but score 104:109.

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It’s important to stay aggressive all game long but if team makes shots there’s no need for second chance opportunity.

As we see in diagram that it doesn’t matter if team has 0, 2, 3, 25 or 22 second chance points per game. Often outcome of the game is decided by many other factors.

Both best teams – Raptors (21st) and Warriors (22nd) wasn’t even at TOP 20 per 2nd chance points in regular season… 

Similar situation is with Offensive Rebounds. Interesting fact that only 1 team of the TOP 20 offensive rebounding teams of NBA 2019 regular season made it to NBA Conference Finals and it was Portland Trail Blazers.

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Get back on defense quickly > offensive rebounding?

WARRIORS BALL MOVEMENT. TEAM BASKETBALL = WINNING BASKETBALL

Warriors can win various ways. With KD or without KD.  The fact that 34 of 38 Warriors FG was assisted tells a lot of positive things about this basketball team.

In 3rd quarter of game 2 vs Raptors all 14 (!!!) shots made were assisted = best offensive basketball in the world!

ASSISTS (2nd round of play-offs to Finals)

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As we see in diagram that Golden State made 30+ assists 4 times and won all 4 games. All 4 games without Kevin Durant although absence of KD doesn’t affect Warriors assist numbers that much compared to opponent they playing against and pace of the game.

 

Everyone can be a point guard in Warriors roster.  15 of 34 assists came from PF or C position players = Green & Cousins.

Klay Thompson’s ability to catch-and-shoot without hesitation with high accuracy + ability to cut to the basket and score if defense is too aggressive = more assists for team-mates.

The most assists between 2 Warriors players in G2 vs Raptors.

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All 4 Draymond’s assists to Klay.

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FIRST HALF WARRIORS  vs SECOND HALF WARRIORS.

Basketball is game of runs.

Warriors started second half of G2 with 18-0 run!

“18 consecutive points given up to the Warriors – the biggest run of consecutive points to open a half in NBA Finals history.”

Raptors went scoreless over their first 12 possessions of the the second half…

Difference between 1st half and 2nd half Warriors in 2019 NBA Play-offs (only against Clippers in the first round they were better team in 1st half).

Steve Kerr’s team has won only 3 of their 12 1st halves in play-offs started from Western Conference semi-finals but they have won 9 of 12 of these games.

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GOLDEN STATE SWEEP PORTLAND. AGGRESSIVE PICK-AND-ROLL DEFENSE vs. LILLARD & McCOLLUM WORKS PERFECT!

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For most NBA basketball fans it’s not surprise that Golden State Warriors won this series and will go to 5th consecutive NBA Finals in a row.

“The last time an NBA team went to five straight NBA Finals was the Boston Celtics, led by Red Auerbach, Bill Russell and John Havlicek during the 1965-66 season.”

Anyway, after KD/Cousins and later Igoudala were out there was a flair that it won’t be easy Western Conference Finals for Steve Kerr’s team.

We won’t talk about Curry’s unbelievable performance and fact that Warriors ball-movement offense without ISO works excellent. Warriors have won 31 of their last 32 games without Kevin Durant…

If it’s only about offense I am 100% sure that there shouldn’t be 4:0. How to stop so far in Play-Offs great playing Lillard and McCollum was the question and Warriors had an answer!

SWEEP 4-0. PORTLAND’S “EXCUSES”…?

#1. Heavy workload for Lillard. Damian Lillard is NBA player who played the most minutes this season (regular season + play-offs)

NBA heavy workload this season

#2. Trail Blazers unstable performance all game long. 3 of 4 times Portland led after half-time with total point difference +23.

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#3. Lillard’s rib injury.

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#4. McCollum’s clutch time performance.

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#5. Portland’s defensive strategy in G1 allowed Curry to get many wide open looks and once world’s best three-point shooter find his offensive rhythm, it won’t be long Play-Off series for opponents.

Poor defensive performance vs Curry

#6. Portland has generated 18 more open or wide open 3-point attempts than Golden State in this series, but have just one more 3-pointer made on those shots through three games. (After 3 games).

Actually Warriors also could have lot of ”excuses” if things not going their way.  My opinions – there should be at least 1 victory for Trail Blazers, despite Warriors great performance.

WARRIORS PICK-AND-ROLL DEFENSE vs. LILLARD & McCOLLUM

THE KEY IS TO STOP PICK-AND-ROLL. 

  1. Pick-and-roll. Portland Trail Blazers and Lillard & McCollum plays the most pick-and-rolls of all teams who won their first NBA Play-Off Series.

PNR per team

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2. Distance of  Lillard’s made field goals attempts! High accuracy from long distance puts lot of pressure to defense.

Distasnce Lillard first game Denver

(Picture after Western Conference semi-finals Game1 vs Denver Nuggets).

     3. Lillard & McCollum success in 2019 Play-Offs.

Before series

WARRIORS ANSWER WAS = TRAP PICK-AND-ROLL.

Ball out of Lillard’s & McCollum’s hands + deny pass back (don’t let the ball to get back to Lillard and McCollum).

Let others play 4vs3. Especially if Nurkič out and Turner/Kanter/Leonard/Harkless not that effective in short roll situations vs. Warriors (decision making)?

Harkless and Aminu also should take advantage of 4vs3 situations, it wasn’t the best series for both of them.

It’s risk but… if other teammates can’t play 4vs3 effective? That’s calculated risk and it makes sense.

There will be few examples of Dubs successful aggressive defense vs. Lillard & McCollum.

SITUATION #1 explained.

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Warriors defenders TRAPS Lillard. Kanter (5) short roll (elbow area). In 2 seconds he has to make a play because his defender is ready to recover after the ball is passed out of trap. Usually xA helps so x5 can recover back to 5 (also full rotation option is possible) but since Aminu (A) is not great 3-point shooter he is left in the corner completely open and it allows xA (Green) to make the most appropriate decision.

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Poor spacing don’t help Trail Blazers and Kanter play 1vs1 and lost the ball.

In short: #1 POOR SPACING + #2 BELOW AVERAGE 3-POINT SHOOTER TEAMMATE = opportunity for opponents to TRAP ball-handler effectively!

SITUATION #2. explained.

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Aggressive TRAP! McCollum forced to catch the ball near half-court line. Harkless pick-and-pop.

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Since McCollum’s back is to the basket it’s great opportunity to deny first pass out of TRAP. Since Aminu is left wide open very far from ball-handler and Warriors defenders deny first pass out of TRAP he has to cut towards the ball.

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Aminu (A) catches the ball and pass to Harkless (4). Harkless (4) another bad decision leads to missed shot. Since X5 has to help to stop 4, xL has to help the helper and cover 5.

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Excellent team defense that allowed to TRAP McCollum and within 2 seconds being from 3vs4 disadvantage to be back not only to 5vs5 situation but even 5vs4!

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Warriors back after trap

Other examples of Golden State aggressive pick-and-roll defense.

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Ball out of Lillard’s hands + ball movement + open 3-pointer for Leonard. Missed 3-pointer.

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Short roll + pass to Aminu (behind 3-point line). Missed 3-pointer.

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Ball out of McCollum’s hands + pass to Turner + floater from free-throw line area. Turner’s floater is shot what Portland prefers instead any type of shot from Lillard or McCollum.

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Turner Pick-and-Pop + drive and creates shot for himself. Missed mid-range shot.

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Of course no strategy is perfect. If you trap pick-and-roll or trap player with ball once he crossed half-court line you give up something.

For example:

  • Ball-handler splits the trap or attacks defender before screen is set.
  • Ball-handler anticipates trap and quickly pass to big who is rolling to the basket.
  • Screener pops behind three-point line and if teammates not ready to rotate very often it’s wide open three-pointer or drive to the basket.
  • Screener short roll (stops at the free-throw line) and makes great decisions (for example Green, Harrell also Nurkič). Dunk, mid-range shot or pass to open team-mate behind three-point line or someone who cuts to the basket.

Great example when screener’s defender is just 1 second late or not aggressive enough… It can cost 3 points since Lillard can score from very long distance.

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Not always Warriors were able to cover 4 vs 3 situations perfect after ball was passed out of trap but their plan worked well  – ball was out of Lillard’s and McCollum’s hands (tons of missed wide open threes and bad decision making from other teammates helped Warriors).

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