The GOAT play from Popovich that other teams use2021|03:03
This beautiful play from Atlanta starts off looking like a design for Trae Young. You got a slip right here, then the Collins screen, for Trae to go baseline. But as all of that happens on the strong side, the weak side is just as active. Capella screens for Bogdanovic away from the ball, and Bogdan gets a baseline pass in the corner to cap off this famous misdirection play called the Hammer- that Greg Popovich and the Spurs made popular. So sit back and enjoy a few more interesting designs as we wait for the playoffs to start. What up everybody my name is Stefan and this is Heat Check. Let’s get into it. We got some good reads from the offensive players. First up it’s Lonzo Ball. On this double screen hand off, you can see that the defender is overplaying him going on top, not wanting to trail behind him. Nice recognition by Lonzo as he does the same curl but inside, getting the ball at the free throw line. He is wide open for the shorter jumper and is able to knock it down. Those were 2 of his 12 points last night against the Grizzlies. Another sneaky move came from Kelan Martin against the Cavs. You can see that Caris Levert is supposed to come off of this screen in the corner. But the Cavs overplay that and miscommunicate on defense, and Martin uses it to just cut to the basket, get the pass from T.J. Mcconnell and finish for the easy dunk. Rui Hachimura also caught the defense not paying attention and used it to his advantage. The Hawks are in a zone right here, so as soon as he cuts along the baseline, he comes into Trae Young’s guarding area, which is why Bogi leaves him. However Rui doesn’t go all the way out, but comes back for the cut to the basket. At the same time, this fake by Westbrook gets the defense to react to it, and nobody sees Hachimura being all alone for the lefty finish. Here it is once again at full speed. Lonnie Walker from the Spurs also did a nice read and react on this play as he just fakes coming out, cuts inside and receives the pass for the layup. Check out all the movement that San Antonio has here, which in itself is enough to kind of force some mismatches and mistakes by the defense. This is why Pop’s teams are always great and tough to play against. At the end, let me show you a Golden State play that doesn’t involve Steph Curry. Starts off as a screen up top and 2 screens down low for the shooter to come off. But you can see Mychal Mulder immediately goes to the three point line, and Looney right away goes to set a pick for him. Mulder gets an open look, fires away and hits the shot. Great movement, and great execution, again, without even having Steph Curry in the game. As always, I know that these videos are fun for you to watch, so let me know in the comments which play was your favorite. That’s it for now, subscribe and talk to you in the next one. Peace out.