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KAUNAS, April 25, 2018  Kevin Pangos (R) of Zalgiris Kaunas breaks through during the third playoff of the Euroleague between Zalgiris Kaunas from Lithuania and Olympiakos Piraeus from Greece in Kaunas, Lithuania, April 24, 2018. Zalgiris Kaunas won 80-60. (Credit Image: © Alfredas Pliadis/Xinhua via ZUMA Wire)

Zalgiris Kaunas: Winning Ways Part 3 – Spain PNR Series

Zalgiris Kaunas: Winning Ways Part 3 – Spain PNR Series

Despite having the lowest budget among Euroleague Playoff  teams, Zalgiris Kaunas has succeeded with an efficient offensive style. This is Part 3 of our series on Zalgiris Kaunas, covering Spain PNR sets. Read Part 1 on Horns Series and Part 2 on Iverson Series. Part 1 also includes a profile on head coach Sarunas Jasikevicius

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

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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Plays of the Week – April Recap

The month of April featured some fantastic XsOs with the conclusion of the NCAA Tournament and beginning of the NBA Playoffs. Missed our emails from April? No worries – we got you covered. Catch up at the webpage versions below. Plays of the Week emails are generally sent on Tuesdays. Subscribe here to get POW delivered

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

March 17, 2018: Loyola (Il) Ramblers head coach Porter Moser in the second round of the NCAA March Madness Men's Basketball game between the Tennessee Volunteers and the Loyola Chicago Ramblers at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX Loyola defeated Tennessee 62-63 Albert Pena/CSM(Credit Image: © Albert Pena/CSM via ZUMA Wire)

Final Four: Loyola-Chicago Ramblers – Executing on Both Ends

Loyola-Chicago’s efficiency on both ends of the floor has earned it four upset wins with a legitimate shot at getting two more. When the 2018 NCAA tournament began, few people predicted that Loyola-Chicago would make it all the way to the Final Four. The Ramblers’ performance so far has proven that they belong, and that they

March 25, 2018 - Omaha, NE U.S. - Kansas Jayhawks guard Devonte' Graham #4 in action during the Elite 8, Midwest Regional, NCAA men's basketball game between #2 Duke Blue Devils and #1 Kansas Jayhawks at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, NE..Attendance:17579.Kansas Won 85-81 OT.Jimmy Rash/Cal Sport Media(Credit Image: © Jimmy Rash/CSM via ZUMA Wire)

Final Four – The Kansas Jayhawks’ X Factor

The combination of great offense and talented players makes Kansas arguably the most consistent team in the NCAA the last decade plus. Thirty-one wins. Another Big 12 regular season championship. A Big 12 tournament championship. And the latest – a trip to the Final Four. Oh, and this was supposed to be a down year

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