In this year’s NBA Finals, Cleveland Cavaliers coach David Blatt has decided to slow down the game, limit possessions, limit potentially turnover-causing passes around the perimeter, and ride LeBron James’ isolation play to a 2-1 series lead. He’s been absolutely spot-on in his approach.
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During the regular season, Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr completely abandoned an offensive game plan, put into place by former W’s coach Mark Jackson, which just about mirrored what Blatt is doing in Cleveland right now. Isolation play and simple screen and roll sets designed to highlight the All-Stars were thrown out the window, and a fevered, risk-taking approach led to the Warriors finishing a few blown outlet passes away from ending the season as the league’s leader in offensive efficiency. He came through with an inspired and correct call.
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