Plays of the Week – NBA Finals

By Wes Kosel

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.



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Wes Kosel is an assistant coach for men’s basketball under Head Coach Tom Billeter at Augustana University in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Kosel joined the staff at Augustana after serving two seasons as an assistant coach at Colorado College and before that spent time at Texas Lutheran University and Haskell Indian Nations University. Kosel has an undergraduate degree in Exercise Science from the University of Kansas and a Master’s degree in Physical Education from the University of Houston. He has coached summer AAU programs, volunteered with elementary and middle school basketball teams, and has worked basketball camps for various programs including the Houston Rockets, USA Basketball, University of Colorado, University of New Mexico, Air Force, University of Houston, Texas State, and Texas A&M Corpus Christi. He also founded his own coaching website,, where he shares plays, drills, and coaching notes.

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