Category Archives: Breaking It Down

Breaking It Down: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

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Taking a look at three plays from the San Antonio game.


Breaking It Down: When You Hedge, You Must Recover

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Too big of an ask.


Breaking It Down: A Simple Taste of Dwane Casey’s Offense

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Five guys and one ball.


Who should get credit for this rebound?

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I’ve always been skeptical about the NBA’s way of crediting players with rebounds.


Breaking It Down: Great Defense Personified (Ed Davis vs Blake Griffin)

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People always stop me in the street and ask, “Arse, what does great defense look like?” This is what great defense looks like.


Breaking It Down: How Boston defends the pick ‘n roll

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Yesterday I covered how the Raptors defended a pick ‘n roll sequence against the Sixers. In the ‘raps’ section, curseoftheswirsk suggested that to contrast things, we look at how a good defensive team like Boston might handle a similar situation. This is from last night’s Boston vs Portland game.


Breaking It Down: Ed Davis has a lot to learn

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Here’s a play from last night’s game which shows both the learning process a big has to go through, and the low communication level in the Raptors 29th ranked defense.


Breaking It Down: Three plays that make you go ugh

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Raps started out on an 8-0 run. GSW called a timeout, and that was the end of it. The run following GSW’s timeout put them in control of the game and they never looked back. Here are three plays from that run focusing on the Raptors’ defense (or lack thereof).


Breaking It Down: The Good, The Bad and The Bargnani

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We’ll start the first segment of Breaking It Down with a defensive set, one in which Andrea Bargnani does some good and bad. This is taken from the Boston game where Rajon Rondo and Kevin Garnett are about to run a fairly routine pick ‘n roll on the right wing. On the play Bargnani has two main defensive responsibilities, one he does well and the other he blows.


Breaking It Down Video: Curry’s three threes

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The turning point against Golden State came when Stephen Curry calmly drained three threes in the opening 3:30 of the fourth quarter. The Raptors defense on those three plays is the subject of today’s post.


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