Golden State Warriors / Cleveland Cavaliers 2015 NBA Finals Game 1 Slobs
Game 1 of the 2015 NBA Finals was a very exciting, back and forth contest. The Cavs seemed to be in control much of the game, as LeBron went for a career playoff high 44 points, but the shooting of Steph Curry and the Warriors proved to be too much as they pulled out a big game 1 win in overtime.
What could be lost in all of the excitement of such a great game was some of the great SLOB plays that Cavs coach David Blatt and Warriors coach Steve Kerr drew up coming out of timeouts. They both did a great job of putting their teams in position to be successful on the offensive end with their X’s and O’s, and below I have diagrammed and linked video to 3 SLOB sets that were used to create scoring opportunities for both teams.
Two of the plays were ran to get good looks at the 3, and in one of the plays Steph Curry was able to get to the basket on a baseline drive out of an Iverson cut before Kyrie Irving was able to make up for getting beat and blocked Curry’s lay-up from behind.
Cavs down-screen for JR Smith 3
In the first half with the clock running down, the Cavs drew up the play below for a JR Smith 3.
The Caves sent Shumpert to the ball side wing and JR Smith cut to the paint as if he was going to set a down screen for Kyrie Irving. Irving started running towards JR Smith as if he was coming off Smith’s screen.
When Smith got into the paint, he turned around and came off a down screen from Tristan Thompson. LeBron hit Smith coming off this screen for the 3.
Kyrie was in position to set a screen for the screen action for Thompson; he could have easily set a back screen for Thompson for the lob look.
Warriors SLOB for Klay Thompson 3
The Warriors start in a box set, and Draymond Green, playing the 4, sets a down screen for Klay Thompson at the 2 spot on the block. After setting that down-screen, Green slips into the post.
Steph Curry is the inbounder and hits Green on the slip in the post. After his inbound pass, Curry steps in and screens Thompson to the wing/corner. Green hits Thompson for a great look at the 3.
Warriors Iverson Cut for Curry Baseline Drive
The Warriors started in a box set with Klay Thompson throwing the ball inbounds. Harrison Barnes, playing the 4, sets a down-screen for Andre Iguodala to the top of the key. Thompson inbounds to Iguodala.
After setting the down-screen, Barnes sets a screen for Curry to the wing. Barnes and Curry have to make sure that his defender, Kyrie Irving, goes over the top – this opens up the baseline drive. On the inbound/down-screen, Draymond Green dives to the block.
On the Curry catch, Curry drives baseline and Green flashes to the top of the key, taking away all of the help on the baseline. Barnes at the 4 sets a backs-screen for Thompson who dives to the front of the rim for a pocket pass if Curry is stopped at the basket.
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