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  1. Jeremy Lin on the Rockets Part II: Turnovers in Transition and De...

    Sebastian Pruiti

    Yesterday we looked at Jeremy Lin and why his ability in the pick-and-roll could wind up warranting the contract that the Houston Rockets gave him. With regard to the Rockets' half-court offense, Lin and his pick-and-roll play is a very good match. H...

    Blog | August 15, 2012
  2. Jeremy Lin on the Rockets Part I: Running the Pick-and-Roll

    Sebastian Pruiti

    After having Jeremy Lin pre-Linsanity, the Houston Rockets made up for cutting him before last season by agreeing to pay Lin around $25 million over the next three years. While that may seem like a lot for a player who had success for just 36 games a...

    Blog | August 14, 2012
  3. 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
  4. Steve Nash Is the Point Guard the Lakers Have. Is He the Point Gu...

    Sebastian Pruiti

    The Los Angeles Lakers made noise on the Fourth of July when they acquired Steve Nash from the Phoenix Suns for four draft picks. Can they work, as presently constructed, on the offensive end? Why It Will Work: Steve Nash's pick-and-roll play will...

    Blog | July 06, 2012
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. How Miami Defended Indiana's Side Pick-and-Pops

    Sebastian Pruiti

    Last week, I wrote that David West would play a pivotal role for Indiana in the Pacers' second-round series against the Miami Heat. Because of his ability to run pick-and-pop plays (which have hurt Miami all season long), I thought that if West playe...

    Blog | May 14, 2012
  11. How the Pacers Can Beat the Heat

    Sebastian Pruiti

    As the Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers prepare for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals on Sunday, a handful of TV and Internet analysts have noted that the Pacers match up well against the favored Heat. Indiana has the size and talent to slow M...

    Blog | May 11, 2012
  12. How Fourth Quarter Pick-and-Rolls Helped Oklahoma City Sweep Dall...

    Sebastian Pruiti

    The Oklahoma City Thunder started the fourth quarter of their series-clinching Game 4 against the Dallas Mavericks trailing by 13 points. With Russell Westbrook on the bench, the Thunder started the quarter with James Harden as the primary ball handl...

    Blog | May 07, 2012
  13. Ricky Rubio, Kyrie Irving, and the final NBA Rookie Rankings of t...

    Sebastian Pruiti

    In the final edition of Rookie Rankings, we pick the top 10 first-year players of 2012.

    Story | Conversation | April 25, 2012
  14. The Versatility of Andrea Bargnani in Pick-and-Rolls

    Sebastian Pruiti

    With about six minutes left in the fourth quarter of their game Wednesday against the Denver Nuggets, the Toronto Raptors found themselves trailing by 1 point. Coming off a possession that started with an offensive rebound, the Raptors pulled the bas...

    Blog | March 29, 2012
  15. Can Carmelo and Jeremy Lin Coexist?

    Sebastian Pruiti

    The breakout success of Jeremy Lin conspicuously coincided with Carmelo Anthony sitting on the bench. While Anthony was nursing a groin injury, Lin stepped in to run Mike D'Antoni's fast-paced pick-and-roll offense. Through all the Linsanity hyperbol...

    Blog | March 02, 2012
  16. How to Guard Jeremy Lin

    Sebastian Pruiti

    The New York Knicks have gone 9-2 since Jeremy Lin's breakout game earlier this month. Lin's domination has been, in large part, because of his skilled play off the pick-and-roll. The Knicks, who beat the Atlanta Hawks 99-82 on Wednesday and face the...

    Blog | February 23, 2012