Team Pick-and-Roll Defense: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

Since today's NBA is such a heavy pick-and-roll league, being able to defend this play effectively has become almost equally as important as being able to run it. … [Read more...]

Playoff Capsule: Miami Heat

When the super friends joined forces in Miami, most expected their offense to be the primary driving force to the team's success. As it turned out, they soon received league-wide acclaim for their suffocating defense and that eventually became Miami's identity. This season, Miami has embraced a … [Read more...]

Chris Bosh’s Game Winner was Foreshadowed in the First Quarter

Early in the first quarter of last night's game between the San Antonio Spurs and the short-handed Miami Heat, the Heat got Chris Bosh an open 3-point look by using a combination roll/pop action off a pick-and-roll out of a horns set. Point guard Norris Cole - filling in for the "injured" Mario … [Read more...]

Heroball? Miami Uses Movement To Get A Wide Open Three In Ovetime

In overtime against Toronto, the Miami Heat needed a basket to keep them in the game down by four points.  They went to a simple yet effective set that used every one of their big four and led to a wide open Ray Allen three. Things start off with Dwyane Wade coming across the top of the key … [Read more...]

The 3-Point Play: Grizzlies, Heat and Hornets

Welcome to The 3-Point Play, a new semi-regular recurring feature here at HoopChalk. Every so often, I'll take a quick look at sets from three different teams that have something in common. Rather than devoting a separate post to each of them, they'll all be grouped together here. This week, we've … [Read more...]

JET Terry, Tyson Chandler, Chris Bosh And The Art Of Screen-Slipping

We've already done a bunch of writing about both the pick-and-roll and the pick-and-pop in the early days of HoopChalk. The first words I ever wrote on the site stressed the importance of the actual pick in these actions: Screening the ball-handler’s defender creates separation between the ball and … [Read more...]