NBA Playoffs 2015 Opening Weekend Set Plays by Reggie Bibb
It was some really good games opening weekend of the NBA playoffs 2015. One of the things that I love most about playoff basketball is that I get to really watch and dissect teams that I normally do not get to catch, and each game I can catch a new set or two to add to my toolbox. I was really impressed with some of the actions that Brad Stevens and Boston use in their offense. They do a good job of running guys off pin-down to hand-offs, pick and pop situations, and they had multiple ball screen looks for Isaiah Thomas. While I don’t think they will have much of a chance against Cleveland, Stevens will have his guys prepared and they will compete. I have diagrammed several actions that they used against the Cavs.
The Washington Wizards are going to be tough to beat in the east with their tough, young backcourt in John Wall and Bradley Beal and with veteran Paul Pearce helping show them the way. I have a couple of really good SLOBs that they use to get both guards coming off ball-screens from Gortat out of a box set. Beal starts on the ball side block and receives a down-screen from Nene. Beal catches on the high wing and immediately goes into a ball-screen from Gortat. It is a very common set, but I like how it leads to a counter where instead of Beal using the ball-screen he reverses into a hand-off with Wall and Wall uses the ball-screen. Using a reverse dribble to take the ball to Wall, Beal can also set Wall up for a back-cut if he is over played.
While the Portland Trail Blazers really struggled in their first game against Memphis, I really like some of the actions that they have and how they use their posts in a morphing high-low offense that is very similar to the blocker-mover system that Virginia uses. Here, I have diagrammed a play they ran for an open 3 look for CJ McCollum. Lamarcus Aldridge set a down screen for McCollum and point Damian Lillard hit McCollum on the wing. McCollum then fed Aldridge in the post. On the pass, Robin Lopez sets a fade screen for McCollum, then immediately sets a re-screen for him coming back to the ball. When he came back, he was open as Aldridge hit him for an open wing three.
Coach Reggie Bibb is a former college basketball player who has coached at the college, high school, junior high school and AAU levels. He started out as an assistant coach at Seminole State College where he helped head coach Tom Mills earn two conference top two finishes in three years. In two out of his three seasons in Seminole, the Seminole State Trojans won at least 20 games, including one regular season conference championship and another trip to the conference tournament championship game.
Reggie has since coached at the junior high and high school levels, and even spent a year as an assistant principal.
His strengths are in player development, building team culture and chemistry, and building offensive and defensive systems that accentuate his players’ abilities and that help his players utilize what they do best to allow them to have individual and contribute to team success. He also is a great communicator and great at building relationships with his players, parents, and administration.
Reggie currently lives in Lavon, TX, just outside of Dallas, with his wife, Alyssa, and his three daughters: Alexa, London-Mila, and Zoe.
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