new offensive twist
3 or 4 years ago, someone on here (ACE, Pras, aaa, Wize - ??) spoke about how Coach M truly was a skilled coach and to that point had only unleashed some 20 - 30% of the offensive plans/plays that he had. Whoever stated it at the time spoke as if they knew a bit more about coach's ability and plans as a coach.
Introducing new things to players involves a lot: do the players have the ability, are they polished enough to use them in a game, some teams are more vulnerable than others, etc.
What struck me most about last night's so-so game was not only the impact that our bigs had down low AND our poor ball handling was another part of our ball handling - that of passing! What I'm referring to specifically here is the bounce passes INSIDE by our bigs and specific players. Took me back many years and I had not noticed it anywhere to the degree of last night, seldom, in fact.
They were 3 or 4 buckets from those passes and altho' everyone appreciated the players, the style & awareness of the bounce passes inside were new for these Cats, altho' you've see them in the NBA for years, occasionally in college teams and rarely in HS. LOOK for more of them tonight!
Reminds me of skill & ability of rare, polished big men who were phenomenal outlet passers, i.e., Walton w/UCLA and later the Trailblazers. There are very few others, but it was always more exciting and fun to watch.
Really looking forward to Miami tonight and expecting an 8 - 12 pt win. With the "U" losing RJ for the game (mebbe), should open things up more inside and may make it easier.
The inside bounce passes to Zeus, who was ready for them, caught my attention too. They were sweeeeeeeeet!
yup, not talking about bounce passes by themselves, god knows they've been around forever ... since Naismith prob. BUT, with our guys, actual USAGE and INSIDE down low. Perhaps Coach just felt that it was an easier or quicker way for others to get the ball to the bigs!?
I thought those passes were a direct result of being in good position. We were breaking down the zone and had good position around the free throw line that brings the post defenders up, allowing those baseline passes. When our players received the pass near the free throw line, they made some quick, smart reads. Unfortunately, they had a great opportunity to work that scheme and didn't do it enough IMO.
I realize we have talent in the back court and the front court, so playing to our strengths is relative, but I would prefer inside-out and wish we had used our past scrub games to perfect that game plan.
As for set plays, Coach Miller said he only uses set plays 20% of the time or less. He trusts his motion offense. I just wish he forced the players to run it more before taking an ill advised shot in the first 15 seconds of the shot clock unless they have numbers. I would say the majority of our shots we could get late in the shot clock if needed.