Barnett on Spurs’ Pick and Roll
Momma There Goes That Man has posted an insightful piece on the San Antonio Spurs’ late season resurgence. Spurs basketball is basically tough defense and smart pick and roll offense. Phillip Barnett:
Yesterday afternoon the San Antonio Spurs showed that, although old and flabby like Roy Jones Jr., theyâ€™re still going to be a tough out for anyone in the Western Conference because of their ability to create offense off of the high screen and roll. Take a look at these two plays where a suddenly rejuvenated Manu Giniboli picks apart the Lakers P&R defense â€“ and note, they didnâ€™t just do this to the Lakers, but to just about everyone theyâ€™ve played recently as theyâ€™ve won 11 of 15 games with Ginobili and the Spurs putting things together at the right time.
Barnett includes two video clips, both of which provide examples of the Spurs torching the Lakers’ pick and roll defense. I’ve included the second clip, but not because it’s necessarily superior. No, I’ve included it because it features Pau Gasol wearing a look of despair that’s fitting for nuclear winter. Had Eeyore attended yesterday’s game, he would have gifted Gasol with a red balloon and card that read, “Damn dude, cheer up.”
Little moments like these bring out the fan in me.