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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

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

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

BEIJING, April 27, 2018  Head coach of Zalgiris Kaunas Sarunas Jasikevicius (L) reacts during the fourth playoff of the Euroleague between Zalgiris Kaunas from Lithuania and Olympiakos Piraeus from Greece in Kaunas, Lithuania, April 26, 2018. Zalgiris Kaunas won 101-91. (Credit Image: © Alfredas Pliadis/Xinhua via ZUMA Wire)

Zalgiris Kaunas: Winning Ways Part 2 – Iverson Series

Despite having the lowest budget among Euroleague Playoff  teams, Zalgiris Kaunas has succeeded with an efficient offensive style. This is Part 2 covering the club’s Iverson series. Read Part 1 on Horns Series here, which includes a profile on Zalgiris Kaunas Head Coach Sarunas Jasikevicius and his style of coaching. Iverson Series A main strategy Zalgiris used in

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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

BEIJING, April 27, 2018  Players of Zalgiris Kaunas celebrates during the fourth playoff of the Euroleague between Zalgiris Kaunas from Lithuania and Olympiakos Piraeus from Greece in Kaunas, Lithuania, April 26, 2018. Zalgiris Kaunas won 101-91. (Credit Image: © Alfredas Pliadis/Xinhua via ZUMA Wire)

Zalgiris Kaunas: Winning Ways Part 1 – Horns Series

Despite having the lowest budget among Euroleague Playoff  teams, Zalgiris Kaunas has succeeded with an efficient offensive style. This post, 1 of 4, focuses on ZK’s Horns series.  The 2017-18 EuroLeague season has been the most competitive of all time. Only three games separated 3rd place from 8th place in the league standings. Zalgiris Kaunas had one

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

March 6, 2018 - Oklahoma City, OK, U.S. - OKLAHOMA Oklahoma City, OK - MARCH 06: Houston Rockets Guard James Harden (13) making his move towards the basket while Oklahoma City Thunder Forward Carmelo Anthony (7) plays defense on March 06, 2018 at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, OK.(Photo by Torrey Purvey/Icon Sportswire) (Credit Image: © Torrey Purvey/Icon SMI via ZUMA Press)

NBA Playoffs – Best #XsOs of Round One

The first round of the 2018 NBA Playoffs has been incredibly competitive and exciting, and provided some great #XsOs as well.  With the high stakes of the NBA postseason, preparation is at an all time high for coaching staffs. Having scouted teams throughout the regular season, opponents will know each other’s strengths and weaknesses pretty

April 2, 2018 - San Antonio, TEXAS, USA - The Villanova Wildcats celebrate after their NCAA Division I Men's National Championship Basketball game against the Michigan Wolverines held Monday April 2, 2018 at the Alamodome. Villanova Wildcats won 79-62. (Credit Image: © Edward A. Ornelas/San Antonio Express-News via ZUMA Wire)

The Wright Way: How Villanova Won the 2018 National Championship

Versatile players and a free flowing offensive system helped the Villanova Wildcats capture the 2018 men’s NCAA National Championship.  The story of the night was Donte DiVincenzo, who came off of the bench and sparked a huge run for Villanova, which continued to hit big shot after big shot throughout the game. Early on it was Michigan

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