TIPOFF—June 4—Finals breakdown, Exum at 5, plus what is 5 worth?

Utah Jazz radio voice and Jazz NBA Insider David Locke breaks down the NBA Finals, looks at what would accelerate the plan and who is in town today, then does a FILM STUDY on LeBron’s shots in last year’s NBA Finals.

FILM STUDY—Watching Washington and my new favorite play

I’m preparing for the Washington Wizards tomorrow, and they just ran a play that might be my new favorite play (and it is so basic). Just imagine it with the Jazz personnel.

On the play before, John Wall and Marcin Gortat had executed a great pick and roll. It looks like they are setting it up again. Wall is playing great as of late, so there’s lots of attention on Wall. Trey Burke has to start demanding attention if he is going to be successful.

part 1 wiz playHowever, instead of using the pick, Wall goes the way Conley is pushing him and drives with his left hand into the defense. It will force Gasol to move farther toward Wall and then force Ariza’s man (Prince) to slide into the middle of the lane to help on Gortat.

part 2 wiz playWall passes over the top to Ariza. Imagine if Marvin is the wing on left in the corner and Jefferson is on the right corner with Hayward getting this pass from Burke. That is tough to defend. As the pass goes to Ariza, Gortat could just turn and pin Gasol on his back and be wide open at the rim for a basket as the rest of the defenders leave the area.

part 3 wiz playAriza gets the ball and Gasol has to rotate all the way back to the other end of the paint to help stop his drive. Ariza could also hit Beal in the corner for a three at this point, but Tony Allen has a nice angle and makes that pass tough. A lesser defender might not take as good of an angle.

Ariza brings the defense to him.

part 4 wiz playNow Gortat is wide open and he lays it in. Too hard for the defense to rotate back. The Wizards, though, are not spaced well on the back side. If this were the Jazz you could have Burke and Marvin spaced for 3-pointers on the left side of the floor for a pass from the ball handler or on a reversal by the big.

It’s a very basic play. Everyone in the NBA runs it. It is action of a pick and roll, but this is an example of shooters, spacing and ball movement.

The first key to the play is that your first pick and roll has to start at the 3-point line or lower so that the point guard’s initial action brings the defense. The second key is that the receiver of the pass has to act quickly, forcing the defense to switch strong side and weak side. Lastly, the big has to make himself available.

FILM STUDY—One play shows Kanter’s development

The easy way to see a player’s improvement is his offensive stats. However, basketball coaches want to see correct floor positioning and an understanding of the game that allows all of the players on the team to perform at their apex.

A late-game play by Enes Kanter against the Wizards showed Kanter’s improved focus and floor understanding.

The play is a pick and roll on the right side with Burke and Favors. The Jazz are spacing the floor. With Kanter heading to what the Jazz call the “dunker” (a spot on the baseline slightly behind the glass on the weak side of the floor).

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As the play begins and Burke drives, Favors dives. Nene leaves Favors and shadows Burke. Kanter stays in the dunker with his hands ready for the pass. This is huge. Gortat has left Kanter to worry about Burke, and Kanter is making himself available. If Kanter leaves that spot and goes to the rim too early, Burke is dead. Hayward has slid up slightly to be in a passing lane if the Wizards slide to Kanter.

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Kanter’s hands are ready. He is holding his position and Burke finds him.

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Kanter ends up rolling to the basket for a middle hook that gives the Jazz a two-point lead with 4:30 left. Huge play for Kanter, who showed a strong understanding of where he needs to be. This is a play Kanter may not have made a month ago.

FILM STUDY – Why Jazz were so perimeter centric last night

I am reaching the Jazz Thunder game and the Thunder is just suffocating the post and the Jazz have become a totally dependent on the outside shot.

Look at this screen shots and see where all 5 Thunder defenders are placed. This makes you a jump shooting team. The answer is to penetrate and kick and then penetrate and kick again but that is not our style of team.

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