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Prevent offenses does not work


We've have had some god damn awful time scoring in the 4th quarter so far this season. We won last night's game, but really, we just barely failed to give up a big lead built in the 2nd quarter. The Hornets out scored us every quarter with the exception of the 2nd quarter. We only scored 15 points in the 4th last night, against any better team, we lost last night's game big time. We play fast, we advocate fast, so why slow it down in the 4th quarter and make ourselves 1 dimensional.

I went and re-watched the 2nd quarter and the 4th quarter of last night's game, and came away with some thoughts.

The Rockets are just not good enough yet at beating a set defense. When we take the clock down and play prevent offense, we are not nearly as good at execution, and we end up taking a poor shot.

When I watched the 2nd quarter, the 2nd unit did a good job at initiating offense early. Ball crosses the court at with 20 second left in the shot clock, by the time it's at the 15, we already have actions off ball, ball movement and at least have least a decent look or a lane to the basket.

Here's a play the exemplified the 2nd quarter

Here we crossed the court at 20sec

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At 18 sec, we already have a dribble hand off to James Harden, and Omer Asik ready to set a pick.

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17 seconds, James Harden is already running a pick and roll action. Notice how far off Robin Lopez is because he has no time to think about having to hedge or double.

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Look at Robin Lopez now in no man's land here, James Harden is too fast for him to stay in front, but Omer is rolling down the lane on the right as well. He has to at least force Harden toward Anthony Davis and not give up a wide open lane, and hope that Vasquez and Rivers stops Asik before he gets too deep. Notice how a far off the perimeter defender are already off and now have to help in the paint, so if Harden has to give up the ball, they're going to be wide open.

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James Harden gets into the lane, and literally 2 steps away from the rim with ton of air space. Vasquez stops Omer, but every single other option now is wide open. Harden easily gets in and gets free throws. Entire thing took 5 seconds, early and and quick.

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Why is it better to initiate offense early when the same thing could be done with the last 5 second, because it doesn't always work out right. Here's another example of a 2nd quarter offensive set.

Here we crosses the court at 20 second mark and actions starts at 18 second, Patterson already has posted up on Robin Lopez with good post position, Jeremy Lin can go to him, or swing it around the perimeter for other options. Notice Anthony Davis has yet to find his match up, because his man Patterson has matched up with Robin Lopez already. A pass inside would likely receive pressure from him and leaving the only open option directly behind Patterson where he cannot make a pass. Lin swings the pass to Parsons to see the action on the other side.

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Parsons now has 3 options, Omer, Harden and Lin. Harden being the easiest pass to make, Omer being the easiest pass to score, but hardest to make. Aminu is cheating the passing lane and Davis is coming over, a crisp pass can make it, but Parsons chooses the safe play and gives it to Harden to make a play.

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Aminu gets all up in Harden's grill and doesn't even allow him room to dribble, but look at the time, we still got 14 entire seconds to run something else. Omer has good position, but Aminu and Davis are doing a good job denying the pass. Both of those guys are good at steals, so Harden gave it back to Parsons. Look at every defenders eyes are on the strong side action, so Patterson is going to set a screen and spring Jeremy Lin for a possible back door cut.

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Here's the action developing, Parsons is looking at the spot he wants to get it to, but the timing is a little off, Jeremy does not round the corner as quickly as he thought.

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You can see here now Parsons has 2 clear options to pass, but look at where Anthony Davis, NCAA shot block record holder is at now. Parson makes the pass to Patterson.

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The action is not for naught, Robin Lopez again gets caught in no man's land, leaving Pat wide open. Anthony fronting Omer means he gets caught on Asik's back on a possible rebound, action also brings Jeremy Lin, one of the better rebounding guards in the league, close to the basket. Patterson drains the J.

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In the 4h quarter, we choose to slow it down and drain the clock in a lot of possessions to basically limit possession. We slow the ball down, allow the defense to set, initiate much later with less action on and off ball, you add that teams usually plays much more aggressive defense, you get much less efficient shots

Here's are some of the closing sets we chose to go with.

Ball crosses the court at 20 second, but look at most of the Rockets's player has yet to cross the half court line. They may be tired, but they're just running lackadaisically.

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Jeremy Lin gets the balls at 16 second, and now the offense initiates. We're trying to get the ball to James Harden, but we waste a lot of time in the meanwhile. Lin is going to give it to Morris so that he can give an easy pass to Harden cutting into the heart of their defense to get the defense to collapse on him, with Patterson spring him with a screen.

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The execution ended up a little wonky, Harden didn't run straight pass the screen, so it allowed Vasquez to slip around Patterson as well.

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That added an extra pair of hands that could jump into the passing lane, so the pass to Harden becomes extra risky, the other option Parsons is well covered as well. Morris decides to do a dribble hand off to Lin and to re-develop another action for James Harden.

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Unfortunately this screen action ended up being fucked up, too. Jame Harden runs into Marcus Morris, then have to back off and Marcus Morris has to re-screen. Chandler Parsons has yet to move through out this entire sequence, and we've used up 7 second without anyone having any look at the basket. To make matters worse, Jeremy Lin is waiting on the action, never look for another option or tries to breakdown Vasquez himself during this time, he lost focus for a second and Vasquez pokes the ball away from him.

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James Harden finally gets the ball with 5 seconds left and look at the distance between him an the basket.

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James ended up taking a long 2 after shaking Vasquez off. He drained it, but it's not something we should rely on.

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That one worked, but it's nearly the entire shot clock with zero good looks, and we started the offense extremely late and the entire time, we didn't attempt to generate anything other than a look for James Harden. you would think if there's poor execution on 2 screens, we would change play on the fly and look for something else earlier, but since we're ticking down time, we're perfectly content to hold the ball and not generate other open look.

Whenever we do score last night in the 4th quarter, it's either a shot like this that luckily went in, or we started our offense early, and got a real good look.

We're a team lacking in execution, so playing prevent offense that rely on pinpoint execution is only playing to our weakness. We don't know how to play slow, we just stop moving and stop developing action on both sides, and that really limits our offensive options. We're better at attacking defense early and fast, and we should not go away from it in the 4th quarter.

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