Originally posted by 49ersMyLife:
Great read...thanks Pete.
In your scenario...if I understand it correctly, I think it may be difficult for the big to get to the wing, no? Though that's a lot better than giving up wide open 3s. The opposing team will have to play small-ball in order to have a quick player guarding Bosh so he can get out to the wing.
End of the game lineup of...Lebron, Wade, Bosh, Battier, and Allen has been extremely tough to stop. IMO, Allen has been a tremendous addition because, unlike other 3 point shooters on the team...Ray Allen doesn't need to be completely wide open to knock down high % of 3s. Just half a step and he quickly pulls the trigger.
Defensively, you're always going to be giving something up. You're right that the close out is difficult for the big. That's the difficulty with skip passes, and LeBron is the best skip passer in the business, because he's accurate and puts a lot of steam on them. I think that giving up weakside wing is better than the weakside corner because there's an additional defender in the passing lane. When LeBron racks baseline, the guy who's defending the top of the key should be dropped down to around the FT line and in the passing lane between him and the weakside wing. LeBron can get that pass over the top, but IMO it's a tougher pass to make, and the increased arc that he'd have to put on the pass (because he'd have to get it over that FT line defender) gives the big a bit more time to close out. And he's still close enough to close out decently on the guy at the top of the key if LeBron goes there with the pass.
It's very much a "pick your poison" scenario, but I'd try to get Miami out of their comfort zone by switching things up a bit. They know exactly what to do against standard SSZ. SSZ is less effective when the offense starts at the top of the key, but Miami's offense is less effective from the top of the key as well. Again, try to take them out of their comfort zone. Much easier said than done though, and I don't think you could do that in the regular season...you'd need time to prep specifically for them.
Ideally you can closeout hard to the 3 point line and make Battier/Allen/Chalmers put the ball on the floor. You need speed on the perimeter to close out hard, and a good shot blocker down low to do that. OKC & the Knicks are the only teams that come to mind that have both. While Chandler's not a great shot blocker, but he's great at rotating and getting to the right position, so I'm including him. He was a big reason why Dallas beat Miami in '11.