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“In the post game interview, Byron Scott mentioned that the Cavs were told to switch every single pick at the end. The Miami play was designed so that LeBron and Bosh both came up to the top of the key and Wade could go off either screen. It put mass confusion into the defense. On the first iteration, Wade paused and went left off Jame’s pick. LeBron cut to the hole and Bosh’s man, Speights, went with LeBron. Waiters and Gee went with Wade. Bosh was wide open, and when Speights tried to recover, Bosh hit LeBron under the bucket, but he missed it. The Heat rebounded and ran it again. So on the first try, if the coach said to switch, Waiters screwed up and didn’t switch. He should’ve rolled with LeBron. On the second iteration, Gee probably didn’t switch because Waiters didn’t do what he was supposed to do the time before, so Waiters was forced to chase from way behind. The worst part? The fact that no one fouled Wade with twenty four seconds left in a two point game on a dunk attempt… That’s losing basketball.
It’s tough to know whether “blame” lies with the player or the coach in this situation. One can blame the coach for not calling plays that are effective, but if the players can’t execute the plays he calls, it’s hard to blame him, and certainly “switch every pick” is not an overly complicated defensive strategy. Defensively, the blame probably falls with the players, but that three man play with Battier and Chalmers at the corners is probably as brutally and elegantly effective of a play as there is in basketball, given that the players Miami has fit into it like Swiss made gears. That play is the Kobayashi Maru for NBA defenses. I’d love to see the Cavs run a version of it.” [Smith/Cavs the Blog]
For your NFL draft fix, the LB measurables. [Draft Browns.com]
“I understand the importance of advance statistics. I value them as much as the next guy and consider Daryl Morey my favorite general manager in the league because of his belief in and success with managing his team by the numbers. My Instagram profile picture features me and my guy Morey, in fact, because of all those reasons.
But even in saying as much, it’s also not hypocritical to then be totally and completely encouraged by the potential of a guy like Dion Waiters who is currently learning what a good shot is in the NBA as a rookie. Waiters has that swag you can’t teach. He believes that he belongs on the same court with Dwyane Wade right now and is not waiting for approval from anyone on that.” [Bowers/Stepien Rules]
I think I’m allergic to something in this video. When I watch it my eyes get all watery.
Finally, Alex Rodriguez’ foundation gave away 1% of it’s proceeds to actual charity. Oof. [The Big Lead]