Look at some of these pics from the Overtime game with the Warriors
Here you have Metta on one side wide open, Kobe on the other side wide open off Nash's set, and Kobe is the one who gets this pass for the long 2 or 3 opportunity.
Another situation where because of the high screen that the defense AGAIN must pay attention to Dwight because of the dangerousness of the high screen between him and Nash, it needs to be helped off of.
Look who is open again... Number 24... KOBE of all people HAS to be left wide open to prevent an easy score from Howard on this play. Just let that sit on your mind. In order to prevent a score on this play from the pick and roll you have to leave KOBE BRYANT open on the wing... just think about that for a moment...
And at this point..there's nothing you can do but hope he misses.
Still the fact Kobe is going to consistently get looks like this because a team isn't going to want to give Howard the easy lane to the basket is scary. And this is just one play, high screen and roll with Dwight and Nash, the response has to be the same or Dwight will score, but in doing so Kobe is wide open on one corner or the other and more often than not BOTH Kobe and Metta are open on the corners. Which is a very scary thought for any team having to face them.
And as I said.. this is just one play they ran over and over again and Kobe and Metta were open each time.
Final play of the game that Nash scored on.
Again look at the spacing here. Curry is way behind and Dwight is bolting to the basket, Nash could have decided to go either way with this but the defense decided not to leave Kobe in this scenario and when Nash went inside they went back to help on Kobe to not leave him, which is what gave Steve Nash the shot over Curry who was already behind in the play.
Basically put, if you stay with Kobe, you're risking Nash in the iso or Dwight getting a clear cut to the basket. If you DO help off Kobe you're leaving him wide open for a shot.
Keep in mind that this is just ONE play they ran to get this result all of these times.
High screen and roll with Dwight and Nash leaves Kobe wide open unless you give up the easy bucket for Dwight or foul him and hope for the best, and if Nash does not pass it to him he has an iso and an easy shot because whomever defends him is going to be behind on the screen.
If this is just a small sample size of the mismatches and open opportunities we'll create because of the attention that our other players demand, I like where it's headed.
Full breakdown can be seen here
But I must say.... dang we're a freaking scary team if we get the entire offense and chemistry down.. just
wow.... all I can say
Edited by Majesty, December 25, 2012 - 02:56 AM.