Lets take a look at my starting five. ALL Starters shoots over .51% with my SG shooting at a .45% 3 point clip. It starts with the Regular Season, Finals MVP and DPOY Hakeem Olajuwon add the incredible talent of 1st team All NBA Penny Hardaway mix in two 2nd Team ALL NBA talent in Shawn Kemp and DPOY Alvin Robertson then finish it up with one of the best three point marksman in 3rd Team ALL NBA Drazen Petrovic.
(in this youtube highlight you see him going up against both Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen – One Word FEARLESS!!!)
Off the bench we have a Prime LJ who can create for himself and his teammate and very explosive, Dandy Dan who shoots .38% from the three and a 2nd Team All NBA PF/C in Jermaine O’Neal. These three provides inside scoring, outside scoring, inside defensive presence coming off the bench. In case of emergency we can bring the Nanny Stopper for perimeter defense.
Looking at his team he needs to play zone. His only defensive presence is Kevin Garnett, who will have his hands full with Kemp, O’Neal, Olajuwon or even LJ. The KG that helps out and plays free safety is gone. They will have to account for all our bigs. We will show you how we will attack the zone with the our collection of talent.
Getting Garnett out of the game with foul trouble is their shatterpoint. Their best rebounder and defender will be gone. They would love to uptempo the game with Baron, Allen, Jackson, Lewis but in order to run you have to rebound. We will prevent them from Running and will pressure and stay with the outside shooters so it becomes a chuckfest. Chuckfest results in long rebounds and running opportunity for Penny, Alvin, Kemp, LJ, Drazen, Majerle.
4. Offense A. BLUE STACK OFFENSE: 40% VS. The ZONE
based on the overload principle. In fact, it can be so effective that most teams will not zone against it. Although, stack alignments and overloads have been around for sometime, Olajuwon, Penny, Drazen overloads one side with Alvin the feeder. This offense will be run on the side that Kevin Garnett is located. We want to attack Garnett Directly with Olajuwon. Garnett is a great help defender but this time He will be isolated vs Hakeem in the Blue Stack Offense. http://www.cybersportsusa.com/hooptactics/blue.asp
PG – Alvin . Gets to pick poison for Las Vegas. He will either give the ball downlow to Hakeem, to a flashing Penny or Drazen from three. Must have a working knowledge of how to read & attack defenses. Defensively responsible of denying opponent's playmaker the ball or preventing/intercepting the outlet pass.
SG – Drazen Best three point shooter on squad. Must be able to hit outside shot from both wings. Defensively has basket responsibility.
SF – Penny Low angle or corner shooter. Penny will operate using Hakeem as a screener. Flashing outside to the baseline or flashing inside to the high post.
PF – Kemp. Sets up on opposite low block from Hakeem , but must operate both from low and high post positions depending on where Penny Flashes.. Interchangeable with Olajuwon Must rebound offensively.
C – Olajuwon Sets up on low block, but must operate both from low and high post positions. When he gets the ball, if opportunity is there he will look to score and when double teamed he will look to get the ball to a number of options. Drazen for three, Penny from baseline or high post or Kemp on the opposite low blocks. Worst case scenario he gets the ball back to Alvin and they run another play.
The talent on this team calls for the triangle offense. Hakeem being the fulcrum of the Triangle with LJ and Penny. Weakside part of the triangle will be manned by Kemp/ONeil and Alvin/Drazen. The spacing and movement on the triangle makes double teaming hard and gives our players room to operate.
On the strongside of the triangle we see Hakeem, Penny and LJ operating the Triangle while the weakside will feature Kemp/JO and Drazen/Alvin. With Drazen in the game we will set him up with the three point shot opportunity, with Alvin he will go to the basket on a pass and handoff with Kemp/JO.
a.) Offense will be run with Hakeem, JO, LJ, Petrovic and Hardaway.
LJ will ISO up top vs. Rashard , Hakeem and JO on the blocks with Petrovic 45% and Hardaway .35% Camping out at three land.
b.) Another variation of the four down will be run with. Hakeem, JO, Majerle, Petrovic, Hardaway.
Hardaway iso up top, Hakeem and JO on the blocks with Petrovic .45% and Majerle .39% camping out at three land
D. RUNNING GAME 10%
a.) We will run when the opportunity presents itself, This team is full of athletic running players. Even Hakeem can run. When they slow down the running game, we will implement a couple of quick offense.
b.) Using Hakeem’s speed vs Yao we will set up for Hakeem.
Hakeem’s Early Offense: http://www.cybersportsusa.com/hooptactics/earlyoff/eo33bostonlob.asp
c.) Early offense for a Drazen Three Point Shot.
1. Ball Pressure – Alvin Robertson applies full court press and ball pressure to their main ball handler.
Then we settle into Three different zone defenses.
A. Triangle and two. Alvin on Baron – Drazen is instructed to stay with Allen while Penny, Kemp and Hakeem forms the unholy triangle. Hakeem and Kemp keeps a close watch on Yao and KG with Penny being the double team pressure whenever the ball goes down low.
B. Box and One – Alvin on Baron. We do this because we believe Baron is their best playmaker and will create for others, The two wings on the defense, Drazen, Penny will extend out to the side with Allen or Shard or both. They will stay at home with them. Olajuwon, Kemp/JO defends the low blocks. http://basketball.simgalaxy.com/html/help/bench_box_and_1.html
2. Transition Defense – When we run the Blue Stack Offense, Alvin has the responsibility of the outlet pass/Baron, while Drazen and/or Penny will run back to have basket responsibility.
A. In Order to run they must secure rebounds. When we have great rebounders in our bigs like Olajuwon, Kemp, O’Neal and SF like Larry Johnson and our guards, Penny/Alvin – This helps minimize running opportunity, because if they don’t send enough guys to rebound it will result in offensive rebounds for us.
3. Trapping Defense – Taking advantage of their lack of playmaker/creator with PG Skills we will implement a trapping defense with the lineup of:
Alvin, Penny, Majerle/NannyStopper (in case of emergency), JO and Olajuwon
A Trapping defense that allows the three perimeter players to scramble and gamble knowing they have two great Defensive Anchors in JO and Hakeem to protect their backside. The Trapping Defense will be used whenever Baron sits down.
Couple of adjustment
A. If Alvin gets in foul trouble – The Nanny Stopper will be used for defense and LJ will help with bringing the ball up coart.
B. If Hakeem gets in foul trouble – JO will come in at Center early
C. If they full court pressure – We have two great ball handlers at PG and SF and Bring Hakeem up to Centercourt for a release pass and have Drazen run downcourt spot up for a three while Kemp runs towards the basket.
D. If Allen or Lewis gets hot, life as we know it ends. Nanny Stopper might be brought in to handle this fire and we will switch Alvin over to Allen.
We will close the game with a lineup of Penny, Alvin, LJ, Kemp and Olajuwon.
Defensively we will run the Amoeba and offensively we will take the time and run the triangle vs the Zone and if they run a man to man defense we will use the four down offense and Substitute per situation. Offensive and Defensive substitution will be dictated by the situation.
8. Why we win
We win because of better use of talent. Using Alvin to frustrate Baron on offense and forcing the playmaking to come from someone not use to doing it. Attacking KG with Hakeem and not allowing him to be a help defender will give their defense problems. Those are the key to their offense and defensive sets. Looking over our offensive gameplan, we maximized the talent on our team.
Point Guard: Baron Davis - 32, Steve Francis – 16
Shooting Guard:Ray Allen – 32, Stephen Jackson – 16
Small Forward: Stephen Jackson – 20, Rashard Lewis – 28
Power Forward: Kevin Garnett – 38, Pau Gasol – 10
Center: Yao Ming – 24, Pau Gasol – 10, Emeka Okafor – 14
1. We will look to attack Petrovic at first. Whoever he is guarding, Ray, Stephen Jax, or Baron, he will be the target we go after.
2. Look to match their speed and push the tempo, they have some great open court players and so do we. We will look to get into open court and get some easy hoops.
3. If we settle into the half court we will look to run the triangle like we did last week.
We will change it up a bit, putting KG at the 5 spot, Yao/Gasol at the 4, with Ray Allen playing the’1’ Baron playing the ‘3’ and and Stephen Jackson playing the ‘2’. Basically we will look to isolate KG on the block, with his length he should be able to shoot over Malone (0.8 bpg over his career) and force the defense to collapse, once he does he can kick it to Ray for the 3, Baron for the 3, or work cutters off him. In addition it can be swung back to Yao for midrange, or another back pick can be set for Stephen Jax and he can sneak behind the defense, KG finds him, easy points. With KG’s passing skills the variation of cutters, spot up shooter from the three and mid range we should be able to score points easily
1. Kg matches up Hakeem all game. KG has the speed, size, and agility to keep up and guard Hakeem. Out of anyone in league history, KG is arguably the best match up vs Hakeem thanks to his ridiculous mixture of speed, strength, and length.
2. The opposite big to KG will play a zone around the hoop. They will anchor the middle guarding the basket, obviously not planted in the middle, they will look to play off their man and keep an eye on the hoop.
3. Stephen Jackson guards Penny, when he sits, Baron guards Penny. We will look to use Jackson’s length to hold Penny down and Baron’s strength to give him some trouble. We will stick Ray or Shard on Petrovic and while Baron isn’t picking up Jackson, he will be guarding Robertson.
Baron – Ray – Jackson – Garnett – Gasol
We will look to use Gasol to give us a more mobile big man to match up with Barcelona. We will look to use the same defense and offense.
We win in the clutch thanks to balance. We should be able to limit their offensive ability and throw different and unique defenders at Penny while Garnett guard Hakeem and keeps him busy. While that is happening, we have a balanced offense, great interior play, great perimeter shooting, and great passing at ALL positions on the floor. They have some great defenders, but they cannot stop my entire team, I have a lot of options on the floor, and they will get open shots.
Why we win:
We win thanks to balance. We have answers defensively for their main offensive pieces, Hakeem, Penny. The thing is, with our balance and scoring from all positions on the floor – we will be able to keep the offense rolling while they stumble a bit adjusting.
In the end, in big games, you know what you’re going to get from your stars; it’s about your bench, about that guy who gives you 10 points in the 3rd quarter out of nowhere. My team has that depth, balance, and the skill sets to win.
Drazen playing the whole game? Just 24 minutes for Yao?
Barcelona on Offense / Las Vegas on Defense:
Garnett can not handle Hakeem. D-Rob is longer, stronger, nearly as quick and agile and Hakeem destroyed D-Rob in a big game situation. The same will happen to KG. Because the opposite big is sitting in a one man zone, Hakeem will see frequent doubles. In both the triangle and the stack, that means Kemp is rolling to the hoop. Hakeem is a solid passer and will find him for oops. Gasol and Yao aren’t fast enough to double and recover on every play. Hakeem will turn it over sometimes, but Kemp will get looks at the rim all night long.
With Drazen playing heavy minutes, the triangle makes more sense than it did previously. Drazen provides the necessary court spacer to make the triangle work. There are still some spacing issues, but Drazen greatly improves them.
With the lack of a specific defensive plan, Barcelona gets Hakeem versus KG all night long. The only help the defensive plan offers is a singular double team plan with the opposite big. Kemp is too athletic for that to work. KG is also focused on guarding Hakeem all night neutralizing Las Vegas’ best help defender.
Las Vegas on Offense/ Barcelona on Defense:
Alvin will make Baron’s life difficult all night long. Though Baron will occasionally beat the full court pressure, he is also turnover prone and other times will struggle to get the offense set up in time.
Once the offense is set up, Las Vegas tries to attack Drazen. However, Drazen has the support of a 3 man zone behind him, and this isn’t as effective as Vegas anticipates.
Vegas looks to run when possible, but this area of the game goes slightly to Barcelona because of the speed advantage at center all night long.
The success finally comes when KG and company settle into the triangle. With the great shooters and cutters Las Vegas possesses, the triangle will produce quality results. However, Vegas leaves a piece from last week about Karl Malone guarding KG and instead gets Hakeem. Yao on Kemp would be effective, but Yao is now in the high post against Kemp rather than on the block. KG won’t be able to consistently draw doubles, which means the triangle simply produces good looks instead of wide-open ones. Hakeem doesn’t need help with KG.
Because of the backside zone, KG isn’t going to get in foul trouble due to all the zoning. However, Kemp goes off big time as he is largely ignored which is a big no-no. Hakeem has experience passing between two towers.
Las Vegas runs with the same offense they did earlier in the game only with Pau while Barcelona brings in LJ and looks to run Four Down with Grandmama up top. LJ has Lewis one on one. There is a decent level of success for Barca here, especially when Hakeem is involved, but this strategy isn’t as effective as prior ones looking to take advantage of Hakeem on KG as the first option.
And the winner is… Barca. Las Vegas has to get to their third option offensively before they find good success, but their offense isn’t unstoppable with Hakeem on KG. The triangle is at its most effective when a player must be doubled, but it still produces good looks with the right cutters and shooters. On the other end, Barca dominates offensively as Hakeem consistently scores on KG in iso and finds Kemp most of the time when the zone comes over to double.
Defensively, Las Vegas doesn’t utilize its talents and it doesn’t specialize them to take advantage of Barca’s weaknesses. On the other end, Barca has a fantastic defensive plan using Robertson to bother Davis like no has before and, if necessary, completely shut him out with the Box and One. He protects Drazen using the triangle and two along with the Amoeba. The only weakness of his pure zone strategy comes due to the fact that Las Vegas will get many threes and they have good three point shooting. However, while Vegas continues to get good looks at jumpers, Barca is getting great looks inside.
In closing, Barca turns to an attack featuring more of LJ which slows down their previous progress, but it doesn’t matter in the end because in the early going they build an insurmountable lead. Barca advances to Finals with the weight of the world on Hakeem’s shoulders.
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One Win Away From the Finals...Barcelona or Vegas?
Minutes by Position: First thing that stands out for Barcelona is Petrovic at the PG, trying to take advantage of new school rules and hide that in some zone action on D. Some of the offensive sequences should take advantage of him on that end. When you look closer, its Robertson who gets the PG defensive assignment. A lot of different players swapping positions among the PG, SG and SF.
What is striking for Vegas is the short minutes for Yao and Okafor getting 14 minutes in this game. Not sure what the reasoning there is, whether to protect against speed or fouls. Offensively, Yao could certainly help pull Hakeem away from the hoop more. Yao becomes a bit of an afterthought in this game. Okafor is not quite a non-threat, but close, and could allow for some more packed in D and help from whomever is covering him. Everything else looks very similar to last time. Baron gets decent rest. SJax starts and tallies 36 minutes, 8 more than Rashard and second most on the team behind KG.
Sales Job: No sales job from Vegas. For Barcelona, the key part here seems to be "They will have to account for all our bigs." The Dream, Reign Man and JO are a tough trio to deal with. JO's size and versatility can cause some trouble.
Shatterpoint: No shatterpoint from Vegas. Barcelona pinpoints KG in foul trouble. Yes, that would hurt a lot.
Offense: Barcelona wants to attack KG with Olajuwan. Vegas was defend Olajuwan with KG. Let's get it on. Barcelona will overload the side KG is on with the Blue Stack offense. This is a very nice sequence that flows well with the Triangle when they run that.
Robertson makes the initial pass, and although you could sag off to disrupt passing lanes, this isn't likely a major factor. Most likely, it could come into play on the post entry, and would just require an extra pass to get the ball into Hakeem. In any event, it doesn't appear there will be a lot of zone, so they should be able to get the ball to Olajuwan and let him go to work. The entry passes to Kemp on the weakside could allow him some quick looks in the lane. Leave the shooters and pay.
They will work the Triangle a little less than the Blue Stack. Triangle is run 25 percent of the time. Again, not a fan of Robertson trying to get anything done on the weakside as it seems very easy to defend those pinch-post counters by going under and letting him have the shot. However, once again, Kemp gets a matchup in his favor. Yao will be trying to D him up for 24 minutes. Yikes. If it's Drazen or Penny that gets to work it, you could have some even more potent scoring on that side.
Four Down will be employed to spread the floor. This should be a strong sequence, although the middle of that floor could look pretty crowded once you got into the paint to face Yao/Pau/Okafor and KG. Still, this will result in some scoring with the talent on this team. If a big has to help, there are a couple athletic bigs who can finish strong.
Vegas is putting the focus on Petrovic, no matter who he is covering. This is a wise decision. He will be a soft spot on D and much easier to go through than Robertson. They will look to push the tempo and transition into the Tri in the half court sets. KG will be the post hub in the Tri. I think there could be some issues with this late game, as KG was never one to impose his will in crunch time on the offensive end.
SJax will get to work on the weakside of the Tri in a lot of the two-man sequences. If his man ever leaves to help, he'll be in his usual spot-up positions. Allen will have a lot of action against Drazen when they match up. If/when he gets hot, he will have to face the Nanny Stopper.
Defense: Vegas, as mentioned, is putting the focus on Petrovic, no matter who he is covering. This will likely result in some Ray Allen vs. Drazen work. They will go after this matchup like Sir Charles to a bucket of KFC. However, Barcelona will employ a variety of zones that will help protect him.
Barcelona's first line of defense will be Robertson pressuring BDiddy. This is a great match-up, but the focus of attack will seem to be KG vs. Hakeem or Allen vs. Drazen. Robertson's D will likely help prevent BDiddy collapsing the D with abandon.
The triangle and two that Barcelona runs will allow some zone help for the Allen/Drazen match-up, but if Penny leaves SJax or Rashard, they will pay. The box and one will, again, deny BDiddy well and could disrupt some Tri sequences. This might prove slightly more effective than the Triangle and two. The Amoeba sees similar results, with some skip passes giving good looks to shooters.
They will look to run 10 percent of the time. The speed against Yao could help tire him out or take him out of the game, but if the tempo is mostly slow, he can handle this speed without getting winded. His minutes are reduced anyway.
For Vegas, KG will be on Hakeem. And Yao on ? Zoning under the hoop. Kemp will cause trouble for Yao's 24 minutes. Yao can't exactly plant himself in the middle of the lane, as noted, he'll have to man up when the Tri swings over to the weakside. Robertson on offense will muck things up a bit on the weakside of the Tri when that is run. But still, Kemp will waltz past Yao with his explosive first step and finish strong with his quick ups. Yao is in trouble. KG better handle his business, or you've got trouble in two spots.
SJax is also in trouble with Penny. This Penny will cause him problems like SJax struggles defensively again Kobe. Those explosive, creative SGs can be difficult for him. In the closing minutes, we have a lineup change which will help neutralize any advantage Kemp will have had against Yao. Pau takes over. He will be able to defend that problem area much better. Of course, come closing time, you aren't generally going to be looking for Robertson and Kemp to do anything more than misc. garbage work.
Closing: For Barcelona, it's Penny, Alvin, LJ, Kemp and Olajuwon. They will run Tri against the zone and Four Down against man. Some offensive/defensive subs. (Again, the weakside of the Tri with Alvin/Kemp could have issues, especially against Pau, instead of Yao.)
For Vegas, it's Baron, Ray, Jackson, Garnett and Gasol. They will use the same offense and defense. A good perimeter shooting team. Are we feeding KG in the post during crunch time?
Barcelona doesn't have a lot of players who have won it all. Hakeem, of course, won it twice...but he also had some uber-clutch players around him when he did. Robertson can be Mr. Lockdown (on and off the court), but he hasn't led anyone to anything. Do Penny and Co. have enough to impose their will and get into the Finals?
On the other bench, aside from BScott watching from the pine, this team is chock full of never-haves. Allen and KG haven't yet seen the Finals in their chosen years. Does this team know what it takes to advance?
And the Winner is... The weak points mentioned above get exposed by both teams. Drazen lets Ray get off. Yao is in trouble against Kemp...even more trouble when the Tri cycles Penny or Drazen over for those two-man sequences instead of Robertson, who you can sag off of on the pinch posts. Yao could have foul trouble, but his minutes are limited, so it's not a factor. However, Vegas bleeds from that match up. In closing time, both teams remove their weak spots.
Meanwhile, you have KG vs. Hakeem. This is a match up that both teams say they want. Hakeem will get his in the post. He was a beast in his chosen season. However, the real damage comes in two spots. First, he's is able to keep KG from roaming and disrupting the offense. This is where KG was so successful in previous games. Second, Hakeem in his chosen year went through some of the best post defenders in the league. He imposed his will over them at times and won a tough series to get his ring.
A lot of not-ready for prime time players for Vegas getting extended run. Okafor for 14 minutes. SJax with the second most minutes on the team. This is a pressure-cooker game. Not only is The Dream the only guy on the floor with a ring in closing time, he showed some great clutch ability in this year. This game is a battle, going down to the final two minutes with both teams able to throw punches. In a close game, however, Hakeem is the difference maker. Big stops. Big makes in the final few possessions. The Luck runs out for Vegas. Barcelona wins.
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Aabs please list it by position as Coville did. When you give it by player you get stuff like Petrovic is playing 48 minutes, 28 at 2 and 20 at 1. Clearly that’s not what you intended. In Vegas it’s a light load for Yao, just 24 minutes.
Barca points to the stat sheet and the trophy case. Warns that KG is too large a part of the Vegas defense and brings that home in shatterpoint.
Barcelona on offense/Las Vegas on defense
Overload against a zone, but Vegas has a unique D, a one man matchup zone opposite from KG and the rest man up. Olajuwon has the strength to seal Garnett and get post entry, but once he does KG has the speed, length and agility to stay on Hakeem. Penny at 3 has a speed edge on Jack, Petrovic should get catch and shoot opportunities vs. Allen.
Overload doesn’t have the intended effect since Vegas isn’t playing zone, but it does give Barca’s players the ball man up in positions where they can then go to work.
After being told last week that the triangle doesn’t work that well since their bigs aren’t efficient passers Barca stubbornly runs with it anyway. So once again, Hakeem and Kemp are going to turn the ball over as passers. They can kick out to Petrovic but can’t hit cutters. Therefore Penny and Alvin need to be the passers in the offense setting up the bigs as scorers as Hardaway also looks for his own shot. Since the ball movement dies at the bigs the fluidity of the triangle is lost and it’s too predictable.
Four down gives Olajuwon the ball in space with a kickout option to the wing. Now Barca is playing to their strengths.
Las Vegas on offense/Barcelona on defense
Vegas goes at Petrovic with Ray Allen, who hits plenty of 3’s. Triangle with Allen at point extends the Barcelona defense. KG has some success facing up against Kemp but less vs. Olajuwon. When Yao is in he has the elbow j over Kemp. Vegas can basically just run the tri away from Hakeem looking to attack Petrovic and Kemp 20 minutes in the tri for Gasol works when he’s low block but not when he’s high post.
Barca’s pressure D schemes work when Shard is in as Vegas loses a passer in SJax. Alvin will make it tough for Baron and Francis. Barca has the personnel for Amoeba but it’s not in play much vs. the tri.
And the winner is…
Hakeem with space against KG with Petrovic as a kickout outlet vs. KG face up and Ray Allen in catch and shoot. That favors Barca over the course of the game. Add Penny taking Shard and Alvin slowing down Baron and Stevie and that’s enough to take Barca home for the win.
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