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BOSTON, MA - MAY 13: Semi Ojeleye #37 and Jayson Tatum #0 of the Boston Celtics high five in Game One of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers during the 2018 NBA Playoffs on May 13, 2018 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE  (Photo by Brian Babineau/NBAE via Getty Images)

Eastern Conference Finals: Video Breakdown – Celtics-Cavs Game 2

Eastern Conference Finals: Video Breakdown – Celtics-Cavs Game 2

A look into offensive actions the Boston Celtics utilized to defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 2, specifically Point and Zipper Series. The Boston Celtics have taken a 2-0 series lead over the Cleveland Cavaliers by doing what they were supposed to do – win at home. With the series shifting to Cleveland, there is

March 8, 2018 - Oakland, CA, USA - In a March 8, 2018, file image, the Golden State Warriors' Draymond Green looks to pass against the San Antonio Spurs at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif. On Saturday, March 17, 2018, in Phoenix, Green scored 25 points with 11 rebounds in a 124-109 win against the Suns. (Credit Image: © Jose Carlos Fajardo/TNS via ZUMA Wire)

Impact Player: How Draymond Green Makes Winning Plays

Versatile skills, high awareness and all-out effort make the Warriors’ Draymond Green an impact player on both ends of the floor. I have written a lot about the 2018 NBA Playoffs here on the FastModel Sports blog. It’s been a lot of fun breaking down things like the Utah Jazz defensive game plan, how Brad

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Eastern Conference Finals: Video Breakdown – Celtics-Cavs Game 1

Kevin Bruinsma analyzes the offensive and defensive strategies the Boston Celtics used to handle the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 1.  The Boston Celtics took a 1-0 series lead over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday afternoon with an impressive 108-83 victory at TD Garden in Boston. Let’s take a look at how the Celtics controlled the game from the

May 04, 2018: New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) secure aa rebound against Golden State Warriors at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, LA. Stephen Lew/CSM(Credit Image: © Stephen Lew/CSM via ZUMA Wire)

New Orleans Pelicans – Anthony Davis Post Play Breakdown

The New Orleans Pelicans look to get they go-t0-guy Anthony Davis open in various ways while navigating multiple defensive coverages. With the New Orleans Pelicans trailing the Golden State Warriors 3-1 in the Western Conference Semifinals, and game 5 being played in the Bay area tonight the odds are stacked against Anthony Davis and the Pelicans. If

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Boston Celtics: Keeping it Simple with Spread Offense

Sure, complex offensive actions are great, but Brad Stevens has gone back to basics with the Boston Celtics offense vs the Philadelphia 76ers. The Boston Celtics have now taken a 2-0 series lead over the Philadelphia 76ers by winning both games at the TD Garden in Boston. Most have been stunned by the Celtics recent

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Utah Jazz Defensive Adjustments vs Houston Rockets

Making adjustments is crucial in a playoff series. Here’s a look inside the Utah Jazz defensive tweaks vs the Houston Rockets.  The talk of the Western Conference playoffs at this point has been the Utah Jazz and the job Quin Snyder and his staff have done. After winning the first round series 4-2 over the

BOSTON, MA - JANUARY 18:  Ben Simmons #25 of the Philadelphia 76ers dribbles the ball during the second half against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden on January 18, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Tim Bradbury/Getty Images)

Boston Celtics Defense: Keys to Stopping Ben Simmons

Team defense was key for the Boston Celtics in Game 1 vs the Philadelphia 76ers. The strategy focused on stopping playmaker Ben Simmons. With Game 2 looming tonight, May 3rd at 8:30 PM on TNT between the Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers, I thought a short recap of what Brad Stevens and staff incorporated into the Philadelphia game plan

April 20, 2018 - Salt Lake City, UTAH, Estados Unidos - Spanish player Ricky Rubio (L) of the Utah Jazz participates in a training session in Salt Lake City, Utah, where the team will play against the Oklahoma Thunder the playoff third round of the NBA Western Conference, USA, 20 April 2018. (Credit Image: © George Frey/EFE via ZUMA Press)

How to Get Stops: Utah Jazz – Defensive Game Plan

The Utah Jazz have played smothering defense in the NBA Playoffs, allowing 97.6 PPG with a strategy built on communication and discipline.  At the time of publication, the Utah Jazz have claimed a 3-1 series lead over the favored Oklahoma City Thunder in the Western Conference Playoffs. The Jazz have achieved this with incredible team basketball on

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