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April 25, 2018 - Cleveland, OH, USA - The Indiana Pacers' Victor Oladipo, right, drives against the Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James in the first quarter in Game 5 of a first-round playoff series on Wednesday, April 25, 2018, at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. (Credit Image: © Leah Klafczynski/TNS via ZUMA Wire)

The Latest Offensive Trend: Slingshot Concept

The Latest Offensive Trend: Slingshot Concept

The 2018 NBA Playoffs saw the rise of a new offensive trend, the Slingshot Concept, which combats defenses that switch ball screens.  Anyone who watched the NBA playoffs saw a plethora of switching defenses. Teams switch to negate any advantage the offense has gained via an off-ball screen or ball screen. NBA offenses have evolved,

Jun 8, 2018; Cleveland, OH, USA; The Golden State Warriors celebrate after defeating the Cleveland Cavaliers in game four of the 2018 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Finals: XsOs Behind Golden State’s Championship Run

The Golden State Warriors’ high powered offensive attack led to the first NBA Finals sweep since 2007 and back to back championships.  All season long, the Golden State Warriors had their eye on the prize… repeating as NBA Finals Champions. Golden State did, and its offensive brilliance allowed for this to happen. The Warriors finished

April 29, 2018 - Cleveland, OH, USA - Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James tells the defense to stay back in the final seconds of the fourth quarter against the Indiana Pacers during Game 7 of the Eastern Conference First Round series on Sunday, April 29, 2018 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. The Cavs won the game, 105-101. (Credit Image: © Leah Klafczynski/TNS via ZUMA Wire)

NBA Finals: Game 3 Preview – How Cleveland Can Win Home At Home

Down 0-2 for the second straight series, the Cleveland Cavaliers can even the series at home by making a few adjustments – but it won’t be easy. As Game 3 approaches, the Cleveland Cavaliers are in a familiar position. They are down 0-2, heading back home, and must defend their home court. This was also the case in the

May 31, 2018 - Oakland, California, U.S - LeBron James #23 and Tristan Thompson #13 of the  Cleveland  Cavaliers with Stephen Curry #30 and Klay  Thompson #11 of the Golden State Warriors during their  NBA Championship Game 1 at Oracle Arena in Oakland,  California on Thursday,  May 31, 2018. ARMANDO  ARORIZO/PI (Credit Image: © Prensa Internacional via ZUMA Wire)

NBA Finals Update: How We Got Here and Where We’re Headed

The Warriors and Cavs battled in the first two games of the NBA Finals, both having success with certain offensive and defensive schemes. The 2018 NBA Finals has resembled a boxing match, with both teams punching and counter-punching each other (with plays, not fists, although that almost happened). In Game 1, we witnessed one of the greatest

POW May Recap

Plays of the Week – May Recap

The month of May featured some fantastic XsOs with the NBA Playoffs in full swing and Real Madrid winning the EuroLeague Final Four. Missed our Plays of the Week emails from May? No worries – we got you covered. Catch up at the webpage versions below. Plays of the Week emails are generally sent on Tuesdays. Subscribe

April 29, 2018 - Cleveland, OH, USA - Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James does a handshake with teammate J.R. Smith before the start of Game 7 against the Indiana Pacers during the Eastern Conference First Round series on Sunday, April 29, 2018 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. The Cavs won the game, 105-101. (Credit Image: © Leah Klafczynski/TNS via ZUMA Wire)

NBA Finals Team Preview: Cleveland Cavaliers

LeBron James has led the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 4th consecutive NBA Finals appearance, and the offense flows through him every possession. There were many times throughout the 2017-18 NBA season where it looked like this could be the year for a new Eastern Conference representative in the Finals. However, the Cleveland Cavaliers were able to

May 04, 2018: Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) warms up against the New Orleans Pelicans at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, LA. Stephen Lew/CSM(Credit Image: © Stephen Lew/CSM via ZUMA Wire)

NBA Finals Team Preview: Golden State Warriors

The reigning NBA Champion Golden State Warriors have made it to the NBA Finals for the 4th straight season with an efficient offense based on controlling tempo.  Throughout the 2017-18 NBA season, the Golden State Warriors have boasted a high powered and efficient offense. There is no secret to GSW’s success. The Warriors ranked first in

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

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

ATHENS, April 19, 2018  Kevin Pangos (C) of Zalgiris Kaunas celebrates victory after the first playoff of the basketball Euroleague between Olympiacos Piraeus and Zalgiris Kaunas at the Peace and Friendship Stadium in Athens, Greece, on April 18, 2018. (Credit Image: © Lefteris Partsalis/Xinhua via ZUMA Wire)

Zalgiris Kaunas: Winning Ways Part 4 – ATO and EOG Series

Despite having the lowest budget among Euroleague Playoff  teams, Zalgiris Kaunas has succeeded with an efficient offensive style. This is Part 4 and the final installment of our Zalgiris Kaunas series, covering ATO and EOG sets. Read Part 1 on Horns Series, Part 2 on Iverson Series and Part 3 on Spain PNR Series. ATO and

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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