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NBA Playbook – Slipped Screen Clinches Game For Spurs

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As always, Sebastian does an excellent job of breaking down this crucial play. I have nothing really to add to the X's and O's of his description except to say that there was certainly a secondary action on this play in case Minny had been able to cut off RJ2.0. Besides that, my first thought is how, in the 10 seconds it takes for the actual motion of this play (from Tony cutting to receive the inbounds pass, to RJ dunking) there's not a single impressive physical act made by anyone wearing Silver and Black. No one jumps out of the gym or crosses his man over to get separation. Everything is based on simply running the play, recognizing how the defense is reacting to it, and working out the timing just right. The Spurs were able to get a wide open dunk with the game on the line strictly due to BBIQ and discipline Next is the way that, after Duncan passes to RJ, he looks like a parent in the stands who is watching his child on the court, and can't help reacting with his body language as he lives the game vicariously, hoping and reacting as though, at that point, he IS the one dunking. That's just fun to watch how involved he is even AFTER he has already passed. The last thing I noticed about Duncan is that he then immediately points back to the Spurs bench to recognize Bud (and the coaching staff) for designing the play that worked so well. Finally, while the play is running, it's just fun to click on the red bar of the youtube screen so that the video skips back to the end of the 22nd second, and replay (over and over) the precise moment when RJ makes his cut to the basket, and notice that, in that instant, both Brewer & Beasley are moving in the exact wrong direction. P.S. Duncan's pass led RJ perfectly.

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