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  1. Could Any Team Stop This Miami Play?

    Sebastian Pruiti

    For all the isolation sets the Heat ran for LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, they also ran some beautiful plays. Toward the end of the first quarter, they went to a staple of their offense (and a favorite of mine) from which they scored 10 points on jus...

    Blog | June 22, 2012
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. The Coming Western War: Oklahoma CitySan Antonio Preview

    Sebastian Pruiti

    So far in the playoffs, neither the San Antonio Spurs nor the Oklahoma City Thunder have been truly tested. But when they face each other in the Western Conference Finals, I'm expecting that to change for both teams. They both score efficiently, but ...

    Blog | May 25, 2012
  16. The Perfect Execution of the San Antonio Spurs

    Sebastian Pruiti

    When commentators and analysts look back at the San Antonio Spurs' sweep of the Los Angeles Clippers, many of them will focus on the Spurs' 24-0 run from Game 3. But they were successful because they continually out-executed the Clippers on offense, ...

    Blog | May 21, 2012