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...]

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...]

Despite Some Creeping Doubts, Dwyane Wade Is Still a(n Offensive) Force

Though he's ceded control of most of the offense to LeBron James, Dwyane Wade is still extraordinarily effective when the Heat put the ball in his hands and ask him to go to work. However, rather than isolating from the top of the key as he did in years past, he's transitioned over the last few … [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...]

Inverting Your Offense – Post-up Guards And Wings

When you think of a traditional basketball alignment, the image that comes into your mind probably looks something like the picture above: point guard with the ball at the top of the key, two wing players at the elbow extended (or in the corner) on either side of the court, and bigs either on … [Read more...]