From NBA Playbook – A Closer Look at the Knicks' Last Second Defensive Block

On, Sebastian Pruiti writes and diagrams how The Knicks Use Defense To Get A Win:

The title of this post isn’t a joke, as one would assume. The Knicks were up by 1 with the ball and about 20 seconds left, but they turned it over. The Hawks were now breaking down the court with the chance for a win. How did the Knicks stop them? Let’s look:

Wilson Chandler meets Josh Smith at the top of his dunk attempt and gets the block. Now, his physical ability is what allowed him to get the block, but Chandler used his basketball IQ to get himself in position to let his physical tools take over.

As Crawford brings it upcourt he uses a smooth behind the back move to put Toney Douglas on his hip, Crawford gets himself into the lane. Al Harrington (Al Horford’s man) steps up to greet him in the paint. Also arrowed is Wilson Chandler, the man who ends up making the block to save the game.

Jamal Crawford makes a jump stop, and as David Lee starts to focus on him, Josh Smith actually makes a terrific backdoor cut. However, the most important movement off of the ball is coming from Wilson Chandler. Notice how he came down all the way into the paint, leaving his man and getting ready to rotate over.

Smith makes the catch and gets ready to take off for the dunk. As this happens, Wilson Chandler loads up to challenge the dunk attempt.

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Tags: Al Harrington Al Horford Atlanta Hawks Jamal Crawford Josh Smith Sebastian Pruiti Toney Douglas

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