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  1. How Can Team USA Use Blake Griffin Effectively?

    Sebastian Pruiti

    Blake Griffin, Andre Iguodala, and James Harden secured the final three spots on the U.S. Olympic men's basketball team, beating out Eric Gordon, Rudy Gay, and no. 1 draft pick Anthony Davis. Griffin may be the most interesting selection, because, mo...

    Blog | July 10, 2012
  2. 2012 NBA Draft: Predicting Sleepers

    Sebastian Pruiti

    Last year, the Sacramento Kings got lucky with their second-round pick. With the 60th and final pick, they selected Isaiah Thomas. By the end of the season, he was an effective starter for them. Every team hopes they will choose guys who can make an ...

    Blog | June 28, 2012
  3. Can the Thunder Stop LeBron James?

    Sebastian Pruiti

    During Game 4 on Tuesday night, Miami executed their plan to post up LeBron James. He essentially played point guard, with his back toward the basket. James caused havoc for the Thunder, leading to many opportunities for himself and his teammates. ...

    Blog | June 21, 2012
  4. How James Harden's Hesitation Cost the Thunder

    Sebastian Pruiti

    Against the Miami Heat, James Harden hasn't looked like the James Harden we saw in the regular season or the James Harden we saw earlier in the playoffs. Harden has struggled in the Finals, only scoring in double-digits once. Harden's worst night ...

    Blog | June 20, 2012
  5. How Chris Bosh Became a Threat in Game 3

    Sebastian Pruiti

    If you only look at Chris Bosh's line from Sunday night — scoring just 10 points on 3-of-12 shooting and posting a -7 — you would think that he had a bad game. But Bosh actually made a big impact both ends of the court. he played great he...

    Blog | June 18, 2012
  6. Oklahoma City's Bigs Problem

    Sebastian Pruiti

    Because the Oklahoma City Thunder managed to win Game 1, their problems from that game were overlooked. They made some errors, especially with regard to their lineups. The Thunder started the game with two bigs even though Miami's center was Chris Bo...

    Blog | June 15, 2012
  7. Turns Out Miami Really Missed Chris Bosh

    Sebastian Pruiti

    With one minute left to play in Game 2 against the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Miami Heat led by five points. They had possession of the basketball, seeking to score a game-clinching basket. They set up a Dwyane Wade–LeBron James pick-and-roll, ...

    Blog | June 15, 2012
  8. 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
  9. NBA Finals Preview: Can the Thunder Beat the Heat?

    Sebastian Pruiti

    The Oklahoma City Thunder's pick-and-roll play is integral to their offense, which you might remember from my Western Conference finals preview. Of the Thunder's 1,304 half-court possessions in the playoffs, 426 were pick-and-rolls, according to Syne...

    Blog | June 12, 2012
  10. Miami's Go-To Fourth Quarter Play

    Sebastian Pruiti

    The Oklahoma City Thunder are not the only team with a damaging fourth-quarter play. In Game 7 against the Boston Celtics, the Miami Heat went to their own unstoppable set that could be very problematic for the Thunder. The Heat use LeBron James off ...

    Blog | June 11, 2012
  11. 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
  12. What Adjustments Do the Spurs Need to Make?

    Sebastian Pruiti

    Everyone expected an exciting Western Conference finals from the San Antonio Spurs and the Oklahoma City Thunder, and they have not disappointed. The Spurs looked untouchable on the offensive end through Games 1 and 2, executing to perfection and sco...

    Blog | June 06, 2012
  13. How Did the Heat Botch Their Final Possession?

    Sebastian Pruiti

    At the end of overtime in Sunday's Game 4, the Miami Heat were down by two points with 14 seconds left. With LeBron James on the bench after fouling out, Dwyane Wade took the final shot. Make no mistake though: This was not a designed isolation play....

    Blog | June 04, 2012
  14. 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
  15. The San Antonio Offense Clinic

    Sebastian Pruiti

    The Oklahoma City Thunder needed to make adjustments going into Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals against the San Antonio Spurs. Adjustments they made, managing 111 points. Yet they still lost, allowing 120 points. The Thunder can't win the ser...

    Blog | May 30, 2012
  16. What Does OKC Need to Change on Offense?

    Sebastian Pruiti

    The Oklahoma City Thunder only lost to the San Antonio Spurs by three points in Game 1, but the score doesn't tell the whole story. The Spurs dominated the fourth quarter, scoring 39 points and wrapping up the game before the final minute. Oklahoma C...

    Blog | May 29, 2012