Plays of the Week – NBA Finals by Wes Kosel
Here are several plays from Game 6 of the NBA Finals between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors. The series is now tied 3-3 and will be decided in Game 7 on Sunday, June 19th in Oakland, California. In Game 6, the Cavaliers got a huge game out of LeBron James, who went for 41 points, 11 assists, 8 rebounds, and 4 steals. Tristan Thompson pulled down 16 rebounds to go along with 15 points. The Warriors got 55 points combined from Steph Curry and Klay Thompson, but only one other player scored over 10 points (Barbosa with 14 points).
Golden State Warriors – Zipper Flare Step Up
The Warriors get an open shot for Klay Thompson by passing in to the post then having Livingston set a flare screen for Thompson to cut to the wing. If the shot isn’t there right away, the big can move out from the block and set a step-up ball-screen.
Golden State Warriors – Baseline Stagger
In this play, 2 guards stay up top and two players move to the blocks. The runner (Klay Thompson) moves from the right corner to the left. The shot isn’t open in the video, but the Warriors do a good job moving the ball and get Barbosa a wide open shot.
Cleveland Cavaliers – Horns Flare PNR
I saw the Cavaliers run this play a couple of times in the second half. It starts with LeBron having the ball and a horns ball-screen into a flare-screen for the ball-screener. After setting the flare-screen, the big moves toward the ball to set a high ball-screen.
Cleveland Cavaliers – Horns Stagger Away ISO
In this horns set play, the Cavaliers get LeBron the ball at the high post and run a staggered screen towards the left corner. If nothing is there or if Coach Lue wants LeBron to get a shot, he can work his man 1 on 1 at the high post.