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Raptors’ CRUNCH TIME offense vs the Celtics [Nov 11]

November 12, 2008

Perusing the net today, it was interesting to see what others had to say about the Raptors’ choice of offensive options during the final 3 minutes of their terrific game versus the Celtics last night.

Feel free to drop a note into the ‘comments’ section of this entry, if you saw or read anything which covered this sort of material, elsewhere in the blogosphere during your travels today. ūüėČ

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Coming the down the stretch [i.e. in the final 3:14 of the 4th Q] …

POSSESSION #1

O‚ÄôNeal [TO] – Raps ran JK Down Screened for CB [R-Block]; CB Angle Pick for JC [R-Top Of The Key (TOTK)]; Garnett did not ‚Äôshow‚Äô & stayed with CB; Rondo went ‚Äėover‚Äô the Pick; JC turned the corner, drove for a layup; Pierce sagged off JK [R-Corner] to stop dribble penetration; JC kick to JK; Rondo rotated over from trailing JC to contest the open J3 by JK; JK shot fake, 1 dribble middle; Pierce recovered out; JK pass to JC [R-Short Corner]; Rondo & Perkins rotated to JC; JC middle pass to JO [in the lane]; Allen-R rotated in to check JO; Perkins recovered back to challenge JO‚Äôs shot attempt; JO should have shot the ball; JO passes back to JC, ball goes out of bounds; TO/O‚ÄôNeal.

POSSESSION #2

O‚ÄôNeal [Missed J2/BS] – Raps ran JK Down Screened for CB [R-Block]; CB Angle Pick for JC [R-TOTK]; Garnett ‚Äôshowed‚Äô vs JC; Rondo went ‚Äėunder‚Äô the Pick; Rondo recovered out to JC; Garnett recovered back to CB; CB [TOTK] tried to back-cut vs Garnett, denied; JC passed to JK [R-Corner]; JO posted up [R-Block]; Perkins muscled JO off the block; JO forced out to 15 ft; JK post entry pass to JO; JK cleared through on the baseline; JO 1-V-1 on Perkins; Rondo sagged to the ballside elbow, into the lane, to deter JO from turning middle; JO should have passed out to JC [TOTK] for the open J3, the same one he hit late vs Milwaukee for the win; instead, JO turned to outside for his own turn-around jumpshot, which was blocked by Perkins; Loose ball recovered by Pierce.

POSSESSION #3

O‚ÄôNeal [TO] – Sideline Out of Bounds. Raps inbound to JC [R-TOTK]; AP Down screened for CB [R-Block]; CB Angle Pick for JC; CB ‚Äôslips‚Äô early to the TOTK; Garnett ‚Äôshowed & recovered back to CB; Rondo went ‚Äėover‚Äô; Pierce sagged off JK [L-FTL Extended (FTLX)] to deter the throwback pass to CB, while Garnett was still recovering; JC picked up his dribble, at the FTLX, in order to pass back to CB, who the play was originally called for; Garnett hard denied [full front] CB; JO posted up [off R-Elbow]; JC passed to JO; AP cleared out along the baseline; JO should have faced up and attacked Perkins off the bounce, 17 ft from the basket; JO passed out to JC; JO set Angle Pick for JC [R-TOTK]; Rondo got picked off by JO; JC turned the corner; Perkins ‚Äôswitched‚Äô to defend JC, and did so perfectly, without fouling, forcing JC to drive baseline under the basket; Allen-R sagged into the lane, then recovered out to defend AP; Pierce sunk into the lane, then recovered out to defend JK; Garnett had the discipline to never leave CB; Rondo had the discipline to never leave JO; JC read the play correctly and found JO with a high pass out, since he was covered by the smaller Rondo; JO caught the pass, then dribbled in the lane [which he should not have done; he should have gone straight-up for the shot attempt]; Rondo & Garnett attacked the dribble and stripped JO; TO/O‚ÄôNeal.

POSSESSION #4

Calderon [Missed J2] – CB set Down Screen for JK [L-Elbow]; JK cleared out along the baseline; CB set Angle Pick for JC [L-Elbow]; Rondo was picked off; JC turned the corner; Perkins sagged off JO [R-Elbow] and rotated hard & fast to challenge JC; Garnett had the discipline to stay with CB and NOT help onto JC; JC made the correct read and took a pull-up Jumpshot, which was open; Perkins challenged the pull-up J; Missed J2/Calderon.

POSSESSION #5

Parker [Missed J3] – Sideline Out of Bounds. Inbound pass to AP [R-TOTK]. CB went to set a High Middle Pick for AP; AP rejected the Pick and, instead, attacked Pierce 1-V-1 off the bounce; AP took a J3; Pierce kept AP in front of him & contested the shot; Missed J3/Parker.

POSSESSION #6

Kapono [Missed J3] – JC [in transition] Dribble handoff Pick for JK [L-Corner]; Allen-R went ‚Äėunder‚Äô; JK [L-FTLX] took a J3, uncontested. Missed J3/Kapono.

POSSESSION #7

Parker [Made J3] – Baseline Out of Bounds. CB & JO set Elbow Screens for AP [L-Elbow]; AP curled around the 2 screens into the Right Corner; Perkins rotated to defend AP; JK cut to the Right FTLX; JO set a Down Screen for JC [inbounds passer]; AP passed out to KP; Allen-R jumped at JK to deter the open ‚Äėcatch & shoot‚Äô J; JK shot faked and took 1 sribble to avoid Allen; Perkins & Pierce rotated to JK to prevent the open J; CB spaced out at the TOTK; JK passed to AP [R-Corner]; Perkins rotated out to contest the open J. AP took a J3. Made J3/Parker.

… in every instance Jose Calderon and Chris Bosh read the Celtics’ Defense correctly, and made the correct play, accordingly.

While it‚Äôs 100% accurate to say that Calderon missed 1 contested pull-up jumpshot ‚Ķ the other execution errors were made by Jermaine O‚ÄôNeal [3], Anthony Parker [1] and Jason Kapono [1] …

and it is wholly inaccurate to suggest that what the Raptors did in this game was ‘freeze out’ their star player, i.e. Chris Bosh, coming the down stretch vs Kevin Garnett & Co.

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If you didn’t … know that:

1. Perhaps you got ripped off; and,
2. THE difference is in the details … when it comes to understanding fully,

How things work, possession by possession, in the NBA.’ ūüôā

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GAME REVIEW: Raptors at Celtics [Nov 10]

November 11, 2008

In the NBA, there are 3 distinct tiers of teams:

High End … Above .549 Win %
Middle … Between .450-.549 Win %
Low End … Below .450 Win %

One of the Key Performance Indicators [KPIs] which separates teams in¬†the High End¬†group from teams in the Middle group is how they tend to function [i.e. execute their ‘stuff’] during the final few minutes of a close game¬†against a High End team.

High End teams consistently display the ability to stop their opponents from scoring during this specific phase of the game, and the ability to score the ball themselves at Crunch Time.

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FINAL SCORE: Raptors 87, CELTICS 94
Game Info

POSITIVES

 

pos

mp

fgm-a

3fgm-a

ftm-a

+/-

dr

or

tr

ast

pf

st

to

bs

ba

pts

J.Moon

F

16:25

2-5

1-4

0-0

+5

1

6

7

1

2

1

0

1

0

5

J.Graham

 

18:01

3-5

1-1

1-2

+3

1

4

5

0

3

0

0

0

0

8

K.Humphries

 

05:36

2-3

0-0

0-0

+5

0

2

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

4

NEEDED AREAS OF IMPROVEMENT

 

pos

mp

fgm-a

3fgm-a

ftm-a

+/-

dr

or

tr

ast

pf

st

to

bs

ba

pts

A.Bargnani

 

10:53

1-4

0-1

0-0

-9

0

0

0

0

4

0

1

0

0

2

* Despite scoring¬†23 Pts and¬†recording 11 Rebs, in the last 3+ minutes of the 4th Quarter, Jermaine O’Neal committed 2 TO’s which cost the Raptors dearly and had his Turn-around Jump-shot blocked by Kendrick Perkins.

* Despite scoring 14 Pts and recording 6 Rebs, Jason Kapono allowed Paul Pierce to score 3 crucial FGs [6 Pts] during the final 3:14 of the 4th Quarter, cementing the victory for the Celtics, while going scoreless himself.

KEY POSSESSION OUTCOME[S]

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  3:14 Team Timeout:Regular
  3:14 Davis Substitution replaced by Perkins
  3:14 House Substitution replaced by Rondo
  3:02
[BOS 84-84]
Allen 3pt Shot: Made (17 PTS)
Assist: Rondo (3 AST)
O’Neal Turnover:Bad Pass (2 TO) 2:41 ¬†
  2:15 Rondo Fade Away Jumper Shot: Missed
Kapono Rebound (Off:0 Def:4) 2:14  
O’Neal Jump Shot: Missed Block: Perkins (1 BLK) 1:50 ¬†
  1:49 Pierce Rebound (Off:0 Def:8)
  1:38
[BOS 86-84]
Pierce Turnaround Fade Away shot: Made (30 PTS)
Team Timeout:Regular 1:37  
O’Neal Turnover:Out of Bounds Lost Ball Turnover (3 TO) 1:18 ¬†
  1:06
[BOS 88-84]
Pierce Fade Away Jumper Shot: Made (32 PTS)
Calderon Jump Shot: Missed 0:52  
  0:51 Pierce Rebound (Off:0 Def:9)
  0:34
[BOS 90-84]
Pierce Reverse Layup Shot: Made (34 PTS)
Team Timeout:Short 0:34  
Parker 3pt Shot: Missed 0:30  
  0:29 Rondo Rebound (Off:1 Def:4)
Kapono Foul:Personal (4 PF) 0:24  
  0:24
[BOS 91-84]
Allen Free Throw 1 of 2 (18 PTS)
  0:24
[BOS 92-84]
Allen Free Throw 2 of 2 (19 PTS)
Kapono 3pt Shot: Missed 0:17  
Team Rebound 0:17  
Parker 3pt Shot: Made (15 PTS)
Assist: Kapono (6 AST)
0:11
[TOR 87-92]
 
Bosh Foul:Personal (4 PF) 0:08  
  0:08
[BOS 93-87]
Pierce Free Throw 1 of 2 (35 PTS)
  0:08
[BOS 94-87]
Pierce Free Throw 2 of 2 (36 PTS)
Calderon 3pt Shot: Missed 0:02  
  0:01 Allen Rebound (Off:0 Def:4)
End of 4th Quarter

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* BOSTON scored on 6 of its final 7 meaningful possessions [3:14-0:08], four times by Pierce and twice by Allen-R

Allen-R [J3]
Rondo
Pierce [J2]
Pierce [J2]
Pierce [LU2]
Allen-R [1+1], and
Pierce [1+1]

* Toronto scored on 1 of its final 7 meaningfull possessions [3:14-0:08], by Parker

O’Neal [TO]
O’Neal [Missed J2/BS]
O’Neal [TO]
Calderon [Missed J2]
Parker [Missed J3]
Kapono [Missed J3], and
Parker [J3]

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Executing, successfully, under pressure, on a consistent basis¬†… i.e. Offensively, Defensively & Rebounding wise … is a hallmark of a High End team, in the NBA; while failing to do is a tell-tale sign that an otherwise good¬†squad still has a ways to go before¬†reaching that same level of excellence.

When the Raptors make good use of Jamario Moon, Joey Graham and Kris Humphries, off the bench, they become a solid, up-and-coming team in the Eastern Conference.

When they don’t, however¬†… like what happened during the 2nd Half of yesterday’s match-up vs Boston … and instead get an unproductive performance [from the field]¬†out of¬†Andrea Bargnani [C],¬†a less-than-stellar¬†defensive¬†line¬†from Jason Kapono, and untimely poor play from Jermaine O’Neal, coming down the stretch of Big Games vs High End teams across the League,

the Raptors are going to struggle closing out games.

Boston Celtics, NBA Champions (2007-2008)

June 18, 2008

Basketball is a game played in three distinct phases:

* Offense
* Defense
* Rebounding

What it takes to win the NBA Championship [Dec 12, 2007]

Teams which combine these three phases of the game, in the most well-balanced way, succeed … on and off the court.

Quality Rating (QR) is a simple measure which combines the:

* Points Scored Differential Ranking (PSDR)
* Points Allowed Ranking (PAR)
* Rebounding Differential Ranking (RDR)

to produce a Quality Index Ranking for each of the 16 teams which eventually make the playoffs in the NBA.

Legitimate Contenders in the NBA, Part I [Dec 18, 2007]

Since the early part of the 2007-2008 regular season schedule, the¬†Celtics¬†established themselves as¬†THE dominant team in the League;¬†at one juncture, ranking #1 in¬†all three measures (i.e. PSDR, PAR & RDR)¬†and with a¬†QR of 3 …

Legitimate Contenders in the NBA: Part V [Apr 18, 2008]

which, fundamentally, did not change throughout the balance of the season.

Most NBA observers fail to understand the value of Rebounding & Defense at the highest level of competition.

Most NBA observers fail to understand the value of Individual Match-ups & Mis-matches in determining Winners & Losers within a specific game.

Most NBA observers fail to understand the value of a Core Covenant built upon Rebounding, Defense, Individual Match-ups and the concepts of Shared (Unselfish) Offense, Teamwork and Ubuntu!

Red Auerbach understood these things.
Bill Russell understands these things.

So, now, does Danny Ainge …
and Doc Rivers,
and Thom Thibodeau, Armond Hill, Kevin Eastman & Clifford Ray,
and Bryan Doo, Walter Norton & Ed Lacerte,
and Paul Pierce, Ray Allen & Kevin Garnett,
and Kendrick Perkins & Rajon Rondo,
and James Posey, Eddie House & Scott Pollard,
and Tony Allen, Leon Powe & Brian Scalabrine,
and Glen Davis & Gabe Pruitt,
and PJ Brown & Sam Cassell.

As did Grady Rivers.

Kudos to the Men in Green … on a job supremely well done, from worst to first!

8 Possessions which extended the Pistons’ season

May 27, 2008

One of the things which many astute NBA observers fail to realize is just how many games are actually decided by the specific outcomes of a small set of Fulcrum Possessions, regardless what¬†other advantages and/or disadvantages might be unearthed from a¬†detailed examination of the various ‘Game Stats’ from that contest.

The final score of last night’s Detroit victory (at home) versus¬†Boston¬†was 94-75 … a 19 point differential.

However, save for the following¬†8 possessions [#1-8, below] in this game …¬†4 of which the Pistons played on Defense and¬†4 of which they played on Offense … last night’s eventual outcome would have been markedly different.

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Pierce Layup Shot: Made (16 PTS) 4:51
[BOS 73-78]
 
  4:50 Team Timeout:Regular
  4:50 Hunter Substitution replaced by Billups
  4:50 Maxiell Substitution replaced by Wallace
  4:50 Stuckey Substitution replaced by Prince
  4:38 Hamilton Foul:Offensive (5 PF)
  4:38 Hamilton Turnover:Foul (2 TO)
[#1] Pierce Jump Shot: Missed 4:28  
  4:26 Prince Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)
  4:05 Prince Hook Shot: Missed Block: Garnett (2 BLK)
Pierce Rebound (Off:2 Def:6) 4:03  
[#2] Rondo Layup Shot: Missed 3:46  
  3:44 Wallace Rebound (Off:1 Def:3)
Perkins Foul:Shooting (6 PF) 3:23  
Perkins Substitution replaced by Brown 3:23  
  3:23
[DET 79-73]
[#3] Wallace Free Throw 1 of 2 (13 PTS)
  3:23
[DET 80-73]
Wallace Free Throw 2 of 2 (14 PTS)
[#4] Allen Turnover:Bad Pass (2 TO) 3:13  
  2:55
[DET 83-73]
[#5] Billups 3pt Shot: Made (10 PTS)
Assist: Prince (3 AST)
Team Timeout:Regular 2:53  
Brown Substitution replaced by Posey 2:53  
Garnett Hook Shot: Made (16 PTS)
Assist: Posey (1 AST)
2:31
[BOS 75-83]
 
Allen Foul:Personal (2 PF) 2:14  
  2:14
[DET 84-75]
[#6] Hamilton Free Throw 1 of 2 (15 PTS)
  2:14
[DET 85-75]
Hamilton Free Throw 2 of 2 (16 PTS)
  2:04 McDyess Foul:Shooting (4 PF)
[#7] Allen Free Throw 1 of 2 missed 2:04  
Team Rebound 2:04  
Allen Free Throw 2 of 2 missed 2:04  
  2:03 Wallace Rebound (Off:1 Def:4)
  1:47
[DET 87-75]
[#8] Hamilton Driving Layup Shot: Made (18 PTS)
Assist: Billups (6 AST)

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Full Play-By-Play (Bost @ Detroit, Mon May 26)

In a 3:04 span of the 4th Quarter (4:51-1:47), Detroit¬†converted on 4 of their 6 possessions (66.7%), to the tune of 9 points, while¬†allowing¬†Boston to¬†convert on only 1 of their 5 possessions (20.0%),¬†for a¬†total of 2 points (including 2 crucial missed FTA’s by Ray Allen, the leading percentage free throw shooter in the 2008 Playoffs).¬†

Given the time & score, at that point of the game …

* 1 Jump Shot: Missed (Paul Pierce)
* 1 Layup Shot: Missed (Rajon Rondo)
* 1 Turnover (Ray Allen)
* 1 pair of FTA’s: Missed¬†+ Missed (Ray Allen)

by the Celtics … in concert with¬†the Pistons offensive execution, which included …

* 1 pair of FTA’s: Made + Made (Rasheed Wallace)
* 1 3Pt Shot: Made (Chauncey Billups)
* 1 pair of FTA’s: Made + Made (Rip Hamilton)
* 1 Driving Layup Shot: Made (Rip Hamilton)

proved to be THE difference between the Pistons’ season coming to an abrupt end on Wednesday night in Boston (Game 5) or ensuring that at least one more home game¬†is played in Detroit during this post-season (Friday night’s Game 6).

 

Fight or flight response

May 6, 2008

Q1. When the Code by which you live is, “Run, Run, Run …“, how¬†can you possibly hope to respond¬†… during times of¬†hardship … with steadfastness?

A1. In all likelihood … you can’t.

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After an oftentimes spectacular 4+ years at the helm of the Phoenix Suns, head coach, Mike D’Antoni seems as though he will soon be moving on to¬†– what he hopes will be – greener pastures.

In a searing indictment of all that’s at the root of the Basketball Philosophy, ‘Seven Seconds or Less‘ (Jack McCallum), Adrian Wojnarowski (Yahoo! Sports) explains the how’s & why’s.

D’Antoni ready to leave his desert mirage behind

Mandatory reading for all.