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  1. The Success of Team USA's Small-Ball Defense

    Sebastian Pruiti

    Team USA's small-ball lineup, the one that doesn't feature a true center, has been talked about a lot in the buildup to the Olympics — and for good reason. Going small would be the only hole other teams could exploit, especially on the defensiv...

    Blog | July 25, 2012
  2. 2012 NBA Draft: Evaluating the Point Guards

    Sebastian Pruiti

    Of all the positions in the NBA, maybe the toughest one to project is the point guard spot. The pro game is very demanding on point guards, constituting a real leap from college, especially in terms of the defense the players face. The most interesti...

    Blog | June 25, 2012
  3. What Does Miami Need to Do to Win?

    Sebastian Pruiti

    Much like their defense, the Miami Heat's offense was a tale of two halves in Game 1. In the first half, and the first quarter especially, the Heat thrived, moving off of the basketball, cutting with precision, finding the open teammate, stretching t...

    Blog | June 14, 2012
  4. Why Did the Heat Abandon Their Game Plan on Defense?

    Sebastian Pruiti

    At halftime of Game 1 on Tuesday, the Miami Heat led the Oklahoma City Thunder by seven because of a strong defensive showing. The Heat held the Thunder to 22 points in the first quarter, trapping the Oklahoma City ball handlers on pick-and-rolls, fo...

    Blog | June 13, 2012
  5. Oklahoma City's Winning Play

    Sebastian Pruiti

    As they sought to close out the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday night, the Oklahoma City Thunder needed to keep scoring in the fourth quarter. To do so, they went to that play that confused the San Antonio defense and allowed Kevin Durant to score 16 ...

    Blog | June 07, 2012
  6. If It's Not Broke, Why Fix It? OKC's New Approach on Offense

    Sebastian Pruiti

    Despite their strong season, the Oklahoma City Thunder have had trouble scoring in the the fourth quarter. Kevin Durant, in particular, has struggled when the defense ramps it up. They tended to stop running whatever had been working in that particul...

    Blog | June 04, 2012
  7. How Did the Thunder Finally Stop the Spurs?

    Sebastian Pruiti

    After giving up 101 points in Game 1 and 120 points in Game 2, the Oklahoma City Thunder needed to change their defense if they were going to beat the San Antonio Spurs in Game 3. They've had no trouble scoring — posting 98 and 111 points in Ga...

    Blog | June 01, 2012
  8. How the Miami Heat Live and Die With Their Defense

    Sebastian Pruiti

    After close games like Wednesday night's Miami Heat–Boston Celtics Eastern Conference Finals Game 2, analysts usually want to dissect the plays run on offense. But Miami almost lost and ultimately won this one as a result of their defense. Towa...

    Blog | May 31, 2012
  9. How Did Miami Adjust to Indiana's Defense?

    Sebastian Pruiti

    The Miami Heat struggled offensively in the first three games of their series against the Indiana Pacers. Even in Game 1, which they won, they failed to to crack 100 points, and in the two losses they scored just 75 points. Game 4 was a must-win for ...

    Blog | May 21, 2012
  10. How San Antonio Contained Chris Paul

    Sebastian Pruiti

    Despite having the best regular-season record, the San Antonio Spurs had some problems on defense — particularly containing ball handlers in pick-and-roll situations. According to Synergy Sports, they were last in the league in terms of points ...

    Blog | May 16, 2012
  11. LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, the New York Knicks, and the one X fac...

    Sebastian Pruiti

    The Miami Heat's 3-point defense, the Los Angeles Lakers' big bodies, and much, much more.

    Story | Conversation | April 27, 2012
  12. The Knicks' Defense Is Good. Howd That Happen?

    Sebastian Pruiti

    Take a deep breath as I tell you this: The New York Knicks have one of the best defenses in the NBA. They rank fifth in defensive efficiency - which is a measure of points allowed per 100 possessions - giving up just 97.6 points. They are at the top ...

    Blog | April 20, 2012
  13. The Difference in Miami's Fourth-Quarter Melo Defense

    Sebastian Pruiti

    Watching the New York Knicks play the Miami Heat is an interesting clash in styles. Since Mike Woodson took over as the Knicks' coach — especially since Amar'e Stoudemire and Jeremy Lin went down with injuries — his team has relied largel...

    Blog | April 16, 2012
  14. How the Jazz Took Advantage of Minnesotas Poor Defensive Philoso...

    Sebastian Pruiti

    With the game tied at 99 in the fourth quarter, the Utah Jazz had the ball with 0.7 seconds left to pull off a game-winner against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Thursday. Minnesota stayed in their man-to-man defense on the final possession, so the Ja...

    Blog | March 16, 2012
  15. The Closer: Derrick Rose in Crunch Time

    Sebastian Pruiti

    Last night, Derrick Rose had another big game for the Chicago Bulls. Rose scored 29 points on 10-of-23 shooting in the Bulls' 96-89 win over the San Antonio Spurs, and with the game on the line, he showed just how much pressure he puts on a defense. ...

    Blog | March 01, 2012
  16. NBA Rookie Rankings VII, including Kyrie Irving, Enes Kanter, Ric...

    Sebastian Pruiti

    Enesanity invades the top 10.

    Story | Conversation | February 21, 2012