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Play Breakdown: Indiana Pacers Beat Miami Heat With “Short Roll” in Game 1

May 18, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indiana Pacers forward David West (21) dunks against Miami Heat guard Ray Allen (34) and center Chris Bosh (1) in game one of the Eastern Conference Finals of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Indiana defeats Miami 107-96. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

“Yeah, the short roll is a dangerous play. Because any defense, the best way to attack a defense is to get the ball to the middle of the floor. And when you’re aggressive on the pick-and-roll defense against a non-threat especially, where they are looking to pass, you give up the short roll. And then depending on the player, they have a menu of things they can do. They can take one dribble and they are at the rim, they can kick to three-point shooters. And it puts unnecessary pressure on your defense. Continue Reading

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Indiana Pacers: Never As Good or As Bad as They Seem

May 11, 2014; Washington, DC, USA;Indiana Pacers head coach Frank Vogel speaks with his team during a timeout  during the fourth quarter of  game four of the second round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs against the Washington Wizards  at Verizon Center. Indiana Pacers defeated Washington Wizards 95-92. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

With his team leading by one point and the fourth quarter game-clock winding in his team’s thrilling Game 4 win over the Wizards, Roy Hibbert caught the ball three feet above the left block. Bodied ably by a game Nene, Indy’s embattled center took a left-handed dribble and two lumbering steps to the middle, pushing himself farther away from the basket. Uncomfortable shooting over his right shoulder from such a distance, Hibbert quickly gathered, pivoted, and flung an awkward 12-foot hook at the rim over the outstretched arms of his defender. Continue Reading