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Breakdown: Erik Spoelstra is a magical offensive wizard

Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra is one of the NBA’s best minds, using his personnel to the full extent of their abilities. The Heat have a non-traditional offense, and with it comes wacky sets, interchangeable pieces and myriad scoring options… Continue Reading

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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