“It doesn’t matter what the game plan is, doesn’t matter how you draw it up. People have to show up, people have to put performance on the floor.”
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Please keep in mind in no way am I questioning anyone’s strategy or philosophy on the following study. There are way better coaches than me out there who do what they feel is best for their team. This is just a research study to see what coaches prefer to do in this late game situation.
Last night in the NBA during the Memphis Grizzlies win over the San Antonio Spurs in overtime, the Grizzlies were in a Foul or Defend twice!
In regulation Memphis was heading back on defense and the Spurs Tony Parker rushed the ball up the court and got off a three-point attempt from the left-wing (27 feet away)…nothing but net at the buzzer.
“That was an incredible shot by Tony to give us a chance to stay in the game and get five more minutes to figure it out,” Spurs forward Tim Duncan said.
Parker on his shot: “Pop told me to push it and if nobody came to help then to take it.”
“I had told them when Tony Parker hit the 3, I said, `You have two ways to go. You can hold your head and feel sorry for yourself, or you can suck it up and go back and win the game again.’ We got down, we fought back, and we did win the game. It was a good test of our mental toughness and our togetherness because we did stick together.” -Grizzlies head coach Lionel Hollins
In overtime, the Spurs took the ball out on the left sidelines with 3.2 remaining in the game. Manu Ginobili caught a pass and threw up a shot from the left side…no good.
The Grizzlies gave up a three in regulation but still elected to defend in OT.
This was the second meeting of the year for both clubs and the second time the game has gone to OT.
There were three other Foul or Defend situations last night around the country.
In high school basketball there were two.
Mt. Clemens decided to rely on their defense against New Haven and what do you know? New Haven banged a three to force overtime.
At Olivet, the Eagles were up three and decided to defend against Pennfield and got the stop.
And in college basketball last night, the University of Dallas played defense against Colorado College and came up with the stop. Dallas assistant coach Matt Grahn told me, “We haven’t practiced fouling.”
If you happen to see or are involved in any Foul or Defend situations, please let us know. Up three, on defense and :07 or less remaining in the game.
268 total “Foul Or Defend” situations
Teams that have fouled have won 27 of the 28 games.
240 times a team has defended and 46 have given up a three-point shot. (19% success rate)
I hope you had a chance to see the San Antonio Spurs close out the LA Clippers last night in LA. I know, I know, if you are on the East coast, you could not stay up to finish it out, the game started at 10:30 and you had work the next day.
Well if you missed it, you missed a clinic, once again.
Starting with their strongest link, Tim Duncan, who has shown everyone that he’s not about to hang up his grips just yet San Antonio goes 10 deep.
Give the Clippers some credit though; they have added another strong NBA team to the city of Los Angeles.
As for the Spurs, they just keep on rolling winning their 18th straight game (8 straight in the playoffs). I came to a conclusion last night; Gregg Popovich has to be talked about (if he’s not already) when discussing the best NBA coaches of all-time.
I really do not like talking about the best this or the best that, but Pop’s name needs to be thrown in the conversation.
Taking over as coach of the Spurs in 1996, Popovich is the longest tenured coach in the NBA. On his watch, the Spurs have won four championships as head coach of the Spurs. Only 4 coaches in the history of the game have collected more rings (Phil Jackson 11, Red Auerbach 9, John Kundla 5, and Pat Riley with 5). Jackson is the only coach out of the four to have a higher regular season winning percentage than Pop. There’s a chance Pop might win his 5th ring in a couple of weeks.
Pop has a formula; a philosophy that players buy into. If you don’t like it, you can hit the exit. Matter of fact, you may not even make it into camp. The Spurs have been known to do their homework on players due to their great staff behind the scenes. He has a special talent on how to develop role players; to get guys to play for the team, not-self. Someone who knows about the Spurs organization once told me, “Pop is the best at dealing with people.”
As for his X’s and O’s, just watch a Spurs game; keep an eye on what they do out of a timeout (that’s a sign of a very good coach). I watched them execute a splendid play for a basket out of a timeout last night at a crucial part of the game. They do it often.
Pop has a system, it’s a process and he holds people accountable to both. His past success provides credibility and most of all, his best players allow for all of it to happen.
I recall reading a quote from Pop a few years ago that sums it all up: “I don’t want to come to practice every day and have to coach jerks.”
To conclude, the Spurs are 29-2 in their last 31 games. And not one expert picked them to win it all?
Harvey Araton of the NY Times on Tim Duncan and Gregg Popovich. Here’s R.C. Buford, Spurs GM.
“I think this term is often overused, but there are very few relationships where the relationship between player and coach can be described as a real soulmate. But we’ve been fortunate enough that Pop and Tim are connected that way. When things are tough, they’ve got that. That’s their rock.”
This morning, while getting my ‘sports news’ on, I heard former Archbishop Molloy High School boys freshman basketball coach Norm Roberts on SNY use the word ‘swagger’ when describing his former St. John’s team.
What exactly does this mean?
When did this word come into play when describing athletes?
Who started it?
Does Tim Duncan play with a swagger?
Just asking but do pre-season college basketball rankings mean anything? Looking at the Sporting News this morning, they had Michigan State ranked 1st. The Spartans are out of the top 25 for the first time in a long time. The fine magazine also had Kansas State at number 6 but K-State is 11-9 on the year. BYU, San Diego State and UConn who are all in the top 12, were nowhere to be found in the pre-season top 25 picks.
Why are people who talk about basketball on television and radio called, ‘experts’? Which brings me to the infamous sideline reporter. Are they really necessary? I take that back, I enjoy TNT’s Craig Saeger. As for the others, they have never brought anything to the table. Heather Cox of ESPN is always good for a, “what changed?” question when talking to a coach. Actually, I would love to be a sideline reporter. Here’s my question to Phil Jackson after last night’s first quarter; “Phil, your team gave up 29 points in the first quarter, who’s your defensive coach and how would Red Holzman address the team in the huddle?”
The Cleveland Cavaliers beat the defending NBA champions last night. Dan Gilbert, Cavs owner said his comments about the Cavs winning a championship before LeBron was taken out of context. I’ve been saying for weeks that Melo should go to Cleveland.
Speaking of on-air experts, as of late I have seen more and more ex-players and ex-coaches doing color work for different networks. Some are good, some bad, some awful.
How good would Purdue be if they had Robbie Hummel? The 6-foot-8 guard-forward has been out all season with a torn ACL in his right knee. Last season he scored 15.7 points per game before tearing his ACL in his right knee in February. He had surgery and recovered only to reinjure the knee in October. At the time of his injury last season, the Boilmakers were ranked 3rd in the country. This season without Hummel Purdue is ranked 11th in the nation (21-5, 11-3) and are in second place in the Big Ten. Last night they beat Wisconsin 70-62.
Detroit Pistons coach and former George Washington University head coach John Kuester said, “Tracy McGrady has set aside his ego.” I’ve been hard on T-Mac over the years but I must admit, he has been everything the Pistons have wanted this season. Good for him.
Whatever happened to Paul Mokeski?
NBA Super 7 Power Rankings
1-San Antonio Spurs: 46-9…(Next: THURSDAY at Chicago)
2-Boston Celtics: 40-14…(Next: ALL-STAR BREAK)
3-Miami Heat: 41-15…(Next: ALL-STAR BREAK)
4-Dallas Mavericks: 39-16…(Next: THURSDAY at PHX.)
5-Chicago Bulls: 37-16…(Next: THURSDAY home vs Spurs)
6-Los Angeles Lakers: 38-19…(Next: ALL-STAR BREAK)
7-Oklahoma City Thunder: 35-19…(Next: ALL-STAR BREAK)
Who Got Next? Orlando Magic (36-21), Atlanta Hawks (34-21)
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