It’s time for my almost annual analysis of the Spurs schedule. I breakdown the schedule into segments and then predict how the Spurs will fair in each segment. In the end, I’ll tell you how many games I think they’ll win this season.
The shell drill is about defensive positioning. You have to learn to play defense away from the ball as well as on the ball. The key to this is positioning. It is the same whether you are playing man-to-man or zone. Different coaches will have different rules, but the principles will be the same.
In this class we are going to put in the foundation for shooting drills. These are going to be the basics from which a player can develop their full set of drills. As the class continues, we will add to this first class.
Everything you need to know happened in the second and third minutes of game 4 which ended with the Spurs up 5-2. Want to know what Spurs basketball is? It happened. Want to know what great coaching is? It happened. Want to know what effort is? It happened. Want to see lollygagging? It happened. Want to see the difference between coachable players and non-coachable players? It happened. Want to know why the Spurs are up 3-1? It happened. Want to know why the Heat won’t recover? It happened.
I kid you not. Five to two is hardly a commanding lead, but every difference between these teams happened in those two minutes.
Week two will (did, really, as class was yesterday) focus on the three basic steps you need to know in order to play defense. The retreat step, the attack step, and the pivot. I read about them in a book written by Morgan Wootten, the great Dematha High School coach. The cover has a picture of Keith Bogans on it from his high school days.
Week one will focus on how to use the free throw as the building block of your shot. I will discuss a couple techniques for allowing you to examine the mechanics of your shot while still allowing you to shoot naturally during games. I think it is very important that a basketball player be able to analyze their shooting and their techniques, but they still need to be able to relax and shoot when it counts. That is much easier said than done.
I haven’t exactly been up to nothing. Just close to nothing.
Next week, I start teaching my basketball classes. It should be a lot of fun.
Game two was awfully ugly. That’s the extent of my assessment. What we saw is the second straight game from a team not ready for the playoffs. Quite honestly, I’m very disappointed and very surprised.
One down. That’s really all you can say about Sunday’s game. Well, that’s not completely true. I can add a word. One *win* down. It takes sixteen to win it all and that was number one. All playoff wins are wonderful.
Otherwise, the Spurs played a very, very mediocre game against a very mediocre team. I expect more. I’m sure Pop does too.
I’m trying to control my excitement for this postseason. I feel really, really good about our chances. When you look around, there really aren’t very many teams I’m not confident we can’t take in a seven game series (yes, the vaunted triple negative). In fact, there are two. We will only play one of them.