Yes, use a pre-game routine that has never won anything in a huge game. Brilliant. From now on my team is going to come out for all my big games with the Clippers anouncer .
We're going to go to Bellamy early and often. He hasn't been a big part of our offense for our first two games, but this is the game where we really need to establish our inside game as our great perimeter advantage isn't as obvious. We want Bellamy posting up on the low block and getting easy buckets. If Wallace starts, Bellamy has the size to go over Wallace and if Sabonis or McAdoo are starting, he has just way to many moves for them. At his peak, Bellamy was averaging 31 PPG. If Bellamy gets it going early, we think that they'll have to start doubling opening up Lebron and Nique to start slashing.
Bellamy was a house of fire early in his career, that 31 and 19 his rookie year did go down after that a fair amount, but he could score.
Sabonis is on Bellamy and Big Ben Wallace will defend Howard. Sabonis will do fine on Bellamy, especially as Bellamy is not going to be looked toward much for offense. Adding A + B you get a good game for Bells in this one.
Our second defensive plan is to attack Iverson. If Iverson starts out on Hamilton, we'll have him running around screens early to get some easy jumpers over Iverson who is 7 inches shorter than him.
Iverson will guard whoever else they choose to start. They all are taller but they all are perimeter players as well. So they can not take full advantage of the height discrepancy and post Iverson. Why are you running screens to get jumpers over a man that you have 7 inches of height against? Can't you just rise and fire? All you are doing is giving Iverson a chance to get some steals here. So far you have focused on your two unexpected weapons, which can be good, but using too much effort to get the ball to Rip is just asking for something bad to happen either on the ball or on the pass. I don't like this for JHSS.
3) Although he's getting lots of minutes this game, Manu is not going to be a big part of the offense. He'll be a spot up shooter mostly. Well anyone not looking for their O is going to be a detriment during the man-zone look of TAD.
4) When Bellamy is out, we're going to pick n roll with Howard and Lebron. If we get Iverson matched up against Lebron, THIS IS THE ONLY TIME, we'll be using that pick and roll
Ok, so no PnR?
5) When Iverson is out, although it sounds crazy, we're going after Jordan. We want Jordan matched up on Lebron. To do this, we'll run the famous Boston Celtics wing men pick and pops where the wing players are setting screens for each other. After we get Lebron matched up on Jordan, we're going to let Lebron plays his game. Attack the rim, and get his defender into foul trouble. With Iverson out, we expect that Jordan will be doing a lot of their offensive work. By attacking him, we want to A)get him in foul trouble and B)tire him out a bit. We want to make him work.
No need for this, Jordan gets LeBron. LeBron is a unique player in NBA history, he will have his success. Jordan will also have success here. I don't think you are going to get MJ in foul trouble. MJ was never in foul trouble in his entire NBA career. I think the most fouls he ever had on him was 1. At least that's how I remember it. Jordan is only playing 38, and you got other options here outside of LBJ, so I'm not going to buy that LeBron will tire MJ out. MJ will have to work, but he's up to that.
Also note the man zone will give this some fits, as Ben will clog at the FT line, turning King James into a jump shooter more then he would like.
In the 4th quarter, it's time for Dominique to come alive. Early in the game, we want Bellamy to establish our post game (31 PPG, led NBA in FG%) and we'll continue to feed him and also attack Iverson. In the middle of the game, we're going to Establish Lebron. We're hoping this gets our opposition to start sleeping on Dominique, our most dangerous offensive weapon. In the 4th, we're going to put the ball in Dominique's hands and let him control the offense. He can either A)Isolate on his defender or B)Call a pick from Howard or Bellamy. We trust his decesion making to close out the game. I like Nique plus a pick as late game offense here. Nique will do better with help then iso'd, but Nique was a great scorer, it's a good way to go.
We are using the Detroit Bad Boys "Jordan Rules" created by Brendan Malone to try and contain Michael Jordan.
Do not like. Jordan Rules are a good way to play, but firstly, Jordan can reconigise this, and secondly, it's a 3 guard offense Jordan is running with. That makes getting the ball to a guard off the double easy and leaves you vulernable. With AI also able to run the show, this doesn't seem like the right time to be doubling Jordan. I'd want to go on first move to the basket, not on the catch or the dribble to the side. TAD isn't a good shooting team, but it's an excellent driving team, and Jordan is going to get the ball to slashers here.
Also, while not spelled out, I assume LeBron is on MJ. If I'm JHSS, I'm thinking I need to use LBJ's ability to play excellent defense to shut down one part of the three guard attack, but now you are using LeBron as a guy who is getting help. I'd rather have seen LeBron shut one option down and let a double come from two other players, use Nique's defensive averageness with constant help to fight MJ.
I do like you are poking at MJ when he gets down low and playing him dirty. This was the REAL way the Jordan rules was successful IMO.
JHSS should have no problem doing it's three goals, but did they spend too much energy focusing on one man?
We are still utilizing the three-guard attack, using the dribble-drive offense, in a 4 out offensive set, looking to keep the paint available for penetration from the pg, sg & sf positions. This is where the doubling opens up drives. An excellent method of attack.
Right away, we are going to look to keep Dwight Howard Honest. We know he loves going for the shot block, so we will not look to draw him out of the paint. Rather we are going to put Wallace/Eaton on the “short corner” a lot and bait Howard on our drives to the basket. By having them in the “short corner” it will make it so Howard can not be in the paint without defensive 3 seconds being called. WE KNOW that these 2 are seen as players not needed to be guarded but YOU CAN NOT LEAVE THEM ALONE UNDERNEATH THE BASKET. When Howard comes out to shot block Jordan and Iverson are going to look to lob it or dump it down to one of those 2 (Eaton and his famous TIPPY-TOE dunk). After a couple of easy baskets, or fouls by Howard, that should keep him at bay, making him a little hesitant to jump out so quickly. Brilliant.
The biggest asset of Sabonis’ OFFENSIVE game that we want to Utilize is his passing.
Drazen Petrovic will be the lone back up guard this game. NEVER AT PG. He will have the green light to get his jump shot going.With your floor spacing and the constant JHSS rotation, I don't think you want Petrovic shooting some jumpers here, it's going to be too open inside to attack with your versitle players. If Petro goes cold, this could give JHSS a big window to combat those easy buckets. I would have kept using the hammer, but Petro was a great shooter, and I can't really fault you for wanting to get him some looks.
1) Jordan at the top of the key, with the ball
2) Hawkins & McAdoo, will play play the corners
3) Iverson & Sabonis will take the wings
Its all about spacing all five players on the perimeter. All can not be left open. And some poor guy left alone on an Island to guard Michael Jordan, one-on-one with no help. Also a “give and go” for Jordan with either wing player, Iverson or Sabonis. If McAdoo’s or Hawkins’ man come over to help they will be open for the baseline jumper as well.
More give and go with MJ over the course of the game would have been nice given how he is defended, but this is fine. This takes Howard off his island to help on drives though, I think Howard is most effective here, this is begging for help side D, where Howard is very good at. This also cuts down the lenght of the rotations so it will be harder to drive in this set. I'll call this advantage JHSS.
Thompson will guard Nique. Before we get all caught up in the “he’s too small” gaff lets really look at this. Thompson is definately 1 upping Nique on athleticism. Remember, at nearly 3 inches smaller he can still out leap Nique. Plus Nique will not be posting up, even in that case, that’s not Nique strength. Of course Nique will not be stopped but he will not man handle Thompson AT ALL.
If Thompson gets picks, Nique should have a good game late. One on one Thompson can hang, but Nique will get his, like you said.
I also do NOT want to hear anything about Howard being too big or strong for Wallace (6’9 vs 6’10)
Howard isn't a big part of the JHSS O, so don't worry about it. It's almost a waste of Wallace given that Howard isn't used very much.
Special Man Zone Defense
Great! I'm not sold this is a great way to play the PnR, but putting the defensive brick wall at the foul line will cramp LeBron some, like I said. No qualms about this at all.
I don’t want to see any of the crap about it being bad for Iverson to gamble. I wanted to see Iverson play LeBron straight up, and also get some time against Howard. Wait, no I didn't...
Of course Iverson should gamble, it's what he did well.
Overall JHSS attacks some places TAD didn't expect, but TAD just has too much offense in this matchup. I personally think the Jordan rules fails big time vs. TAD the way it's constructed, TAD is using all it's chess pieces in harmony to attack the hoop, and JHSS is letting it happen. I liked the detail of JHSS's offense, I give them credit for getting their players involved in unique ways and attacking with overall balance, but Rip is wasted on screens, and it's going to be way harder for JHSS to score then it will be for TAD. TAD takes it as Jordan drops 11 dimes, Sabonis brings back memories of Bill Walton with his distributing, and points in the paint is a huge TAD blowout. Let's say, 105-91.