We all know that Golden State Warriors have one of the best offenses that game have ever seen, and it is not a shame if you cant guard all of their sets. But if you want to have a slight chance of beating them, you must reduce unforced errors to a minimum. There is so little that you can do to prevent Steph or Klay of hitting those deep threes, or those Durant pull ups, but hay...lets make an effort, lets try to be close on every position, put your hand in a face. Do not let them shoot from wide open spots.
The Hoopsking team chose some of the most common mistakes made on defense, that can be seen on every level of basketball, and we asked our Coach C to help us help you understand what are important things when playing defense.
Here we have a double screen action for Klay, and the screeners are Steph first and Zaza second. JR actually knows this set up and he is making an effort to try to go over the second screen and to deny a pass in the corner. But, as the first screen went on, Kyrie who was guarding Steph made a switch, so we had 2 players chasing Klay and Steph was left alone in the weak side corner. KD saw this and he just climbed up the court to create more space for James to cover, because now he is guarding 2 players. Teach players not to lose focus, to communicate and to help one another. The open shot created in this set was not the result by the offensive quality, but the lack of defensive awareness.
Here we see the moment where both JR and Kyrie lost vision of Steph.
In this second situation we have LeBron Guarding KD, we have JR on Klay and we have Love on Zaza.
So, again, Klay went towards the paint area using Zaza as a screener, so naturally James switched, but as we are going to see in next picture, JR didn`t stayed on KD.
I heard one time that Coach Chris said: "Look, they play bad defense but they are talking and it does not look that bad." And it is the truth. It all start with the communication. So, first thing that you need to teach your players is to communicate, then the positioning in defense, then movement. Things like switching, evading screens, bumping are advanced stuff that demand basics to be learned by heart.
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