thehitman Posts:3078 Followers:5
On 05/30/2012 10:07 PM in NBA

Strategy Question

I have a question/situation and really can't ever figure out the answer to. Basketball scenario: Red team has ball towards the end of the quarter/half. Doesn't matter what the score is, there are 37, 42, 46 seconds left, whatever, and they lolipop and slow dribble the ball down court, trying to pick a spot and get a good shot. All of a sudden now there's less than 25 seconds to go and they finally put up a shot. Now, make it or not, more than likely they are not going to get the ball again as the green team gets the ball with 20-25 seconds left and slow dribble for the last shot.
What I can't understand is why don't they (Red team)run the hell out of the court and put up a shot within the first 10-12 seconds or so. Maybe it's not going to be a great look, but they will see the ball again, giving them an automatic 2 possessions to 1.
You see it every game...........and I do mean pretty much every game. I haven't seen a coach exploit this situation on a steady basis yet. Since I am a doofus just sitting in front of the TV and million dollar coaches are running the team(s), WTF am I missing here??

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jb Posts:2021 Followers:73
05/30/2012 10:59 PM

The idea is to go to the locker room scoring last. Supposedly it is a positive thought to end the half. I've heard this a lot watching games. You are going out on a higher note that way.

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deadphish Posts:739 Followers:4
05/31/2012 12:42 AM

i see it so often where teams don't propperly utilize a 2 for situation...especially in ncaa.

finance Posts:9366 Followers:232
05/31/2012 09:32 AM

Great analysis krasi - thanks for posting....

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thehitman Posts:3078 Followers:5
05/31/2012 05:37 PM

Thanks for that in depth look, Krasi. Phew !! My point is that it should be standard, like you said. But you don't see it happening.

I'm all for the 2 for 1 deal. Add to that the advantage, (I think) of moving the ball quickly in those situations.

JB, that is what a 2 for 1 would do, right ? Give you the opportunity to score last. By leaving the green team the ball with all the last seconds left, you are negating that.

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coverit Posts:996 Followers:3
05/31/2012 06:12 PM

Some "players" are in tune to it more so than coaches, I think. Kobe Bryant comes to mind, he's usually pretty aware of it. Of course, what's more important.... one good look, or potentially two bad ones? If you take a less than high percentage, contested shot, miss, get scored on, then get the ball back with less than 10 seconds, you'll most likely get another bad look. I guess it depends on the situation, and what presents itself.

I must be gettin' old... I still think baseball is cool.