PTRW #947 MIKE MALONE

Denver’s Defensive Demands:

1-Take Away the Corner Three:

“That’s the highest percentage 3-point shot in the league, below the break, the easiest shot in the game. So when we try to make sure everything we do defensively in our rules and our philosophy, they understand that we don’t leave strongside shooters. If the ball is dribbled at you on the baseline, don’t get sucked in. Start inching out to take that shot away.”

2-Clog the Paint:

“The biggest thing is we want to protect the paint, first and foremost. If you get beat in the paint and those high-percentage shots around the rim, it could make for a long night, and that starts in transition.”

3-Defend Without Fouling:

4-No Gambling:

“I don’t mind steals, because if we can defend then run that’s great. But we’re not a team that’s going to get up and deny in the passing lanes. We’re more of a shrink-the-floor team, protect that paint. If we want to protect the paint, you can’t get up and deny everything because you’re going to open yourself up to back-door plays. So our mind-set is let them catch the ball, keep them in front of us and then contain the basketball, contest and rebound. Now, if we can get a steal within our defensive rules, I’m all for it.”

-Coach Finamore

Hoops135@hotmail.com

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