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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,

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

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

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

PHILADELPHIA, PA - MAY 5: Al Horford #42 of the Boston Celtics drives to the basket against Dario Saric #9 of the Philadelphia 76ers in the second quarter during Game Three of the Eastern Conference Second Round of the 2018 NBA Playoff at Wells Fargo Center on May 5, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Celtics defeated the 76ers 101-98. 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. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

Celtics-Sixers Game 3: A Lesson in Late Game Situations

The execution at the end of Game 3 between the Celtics and 76ers was a coaching lesson in late game situations. This year’s NBA Playoff second round match-up between the Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers, the #2 and #3 seeds in the Eastern Conference, respectively, has been much closer than the Celtics 3-0 lead would

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