Phoenix's Pick and Roll D (part 2)
In any event, compare Livingston's positioning and effort above to Dragic's here:
Phoenix's problems don't end with the two players directly involved in the PnR. Good team defense requires one or more of the other players (and in NBA schemes, usually a big) to crash the paint before recovering back to shooters. Continuing with the example of Brooklyn's defense of a Phoenix PnR:
Also he might ask, what is Marcus Morris doing to assist on this play. This is a good question, and one that I'm sure Phoenix's coaching staff is asking of both Morri. Would it surprise you to learn that the Morrises are a frequent offender on this front? I bet it wouldn't. Frye also has a tendency to get caught ball watching rather than helping.
As I noted last time, these mistakes are adding up, literally losing the Suns games:
In the last post in this series, I'm going to look specifically at Miles Plumlee and note that even in the last week he appears to have improved somewhat as a PnR defender. He still is occasionally out of position or late, but he seems to recognize the correct scheme, is a willing communicator and moves his feet pretty well for a big man.