Rob and I ended up not having time to talk about it like we planned last week, so we spent the whole time this week (and then some) talking about our picks for the All-Star reserve squads. I have an epic brainfart in considering Eastern Conference candidates in Part 1, but I have my revenge in Part 2, oh yes I do. Interested to hear thoughts on our 7 and 8-man selections for the respective conferences.
Also, not only do we have a name for the pod, the Make or Miss Podcast (explanation within), but some extremely appropriate bumper music as I'm sure you'll agree, after the jump.
In Which I Lambaste Mike Brown (with a poke at Doc Rivers as well)
I don't understand, that always worked with Lebron
The other week when I talked about the horrorshow that is the Cleveland offense, I stated that Mike Brown is a bad offensive coach, figuring I didn't need to provide examples. But he provides them anyway, and not just of his teams' "get the worst shot possible given our talent" philosophy with the ball, but for a guy with a supposed great pedigree for defensive principles, oversees a team prone to some shocking breakdowns.
Sometimes Help Hurts (Post Play and Defensive Schemes)
Take your time, Dwight
On the podcast on Tuesday, we talked briefly about posting up, in general terms, as an offensive strategy. The subject of post play has become a hill upon which a lot of the "back in my day" types have chosen to die - you can't win in the NBA without a post presence, because, PRESENCE. Ignoring, of course, the changes in both the rules in place and the skillset of the modern big man. Taking into account those factors, many people smarter than me have wondered aloud what's so special about posting up?
After enjoying the Fightin' Stevenses whoop up on the Quittin' Woodsons (how long til they become Firin' Woodsons?), Rob from PPP and I sat down to record a podcast, which I've embedded after the jump. Even though I'm posting the here, it's still the Points Per Possession Podcast at Where Offense Happens, sort of like Sports Authority Stadium at Mile High, but with millions less in sponsorship revenue. Hey Rob, CTC?
Having looked at the Blazers' ability to get into offensive continuity quickly in part one and LeMarcus Aldridge's importance to this flow in part two, in part three, I'm going to look at why this early continuity is a very good thing for their offense. First of all, what is meant by "continuity" and why is it important?
Previously, I broke down some of the quick hitting variations of Portland's basic horns set. I want to continue by demonstrating how these quick hitters flow into their continuity so that as opposed to most NBA offenses, the ball and players are constantly moving rather than ponderously moving from one set to the next. I also want to demonstrate why LeMarcus Aldridge is so key to a lot of what Portland does.
The following two plays illustrate both Portland's continuity and Aldridge's importance to that continuity nicely.
In rewatching some of the plays I wanted to use for discussing Phoenix's poor pick and roll D, I kept noting to myself 'hey, that was a nice little action Portland ran to get into the PnR.' Meanwhile, my guy Zach Lowe noted "POR offense is gorgeous to watch."
Wes Matthews: just offscreen to the left
And then during the first half of Monday's win in Brooklyn, (where doing the fourth quarter the hone fans sounded like they were yelling "Boooooooo-rooklyn"), Portland's offense hummed. The ball moved, players moved. Brooklyn's defenders where just a little late, a little out of position and Wes Matthews went all Pleasantville. Of course Brooklyn's neanderthal iso-ball routine might make anyone look fluid by comparison.