Scouting fun

I always enjoy stuff like this, especially since I admittedly know little at this level of depth about game strategy:

But now that Detroit has a best-of-seven date with the Chicago Bulls, let's take a look at how one Eastern Conference scout would defend the Pistons' popular "horns" set.

"By horns, we mean a post player lining up at each elbow, usually with two shooters spacing the floor at each wing or corner and a one-guard front," the scout said. "There are several different options a team like the Pistons can run off of this because the wings can shoot and both post players are good passers as well as shooters.

"The key to defending horns, which generally begins with a brush screen by one post for the point guard, is for the defender guarding the screener to maintain contact with the screener while showing to slow down the ballhandler. If the defensive post player loses contact, the screener can slip to the basket; because of the alignment, the backside is empty."

That means there's nobody to rotate over and deal with the post player slipping the screen.

"Some teams attempt to have the opposite post defender drop to the middle on the slip screen," the scout said, "but that leaves you vulnerable for a pass to either (Chris) Webber or (Rasheed) Wallace who can eat up that shot."

Unsure of why the Pistons don't get the 'jump-shooting team' label that the Bulls are always pegged with :-)

For more reading up on the Pistons, check out this post at DetroitBadBoys going over 'what they learned' after the Pistons' first round series with the Magic.

And the NBA announced that the series starts Saturday. But, uh, no time yet. It's on TNT so you'd think it'd be a prime-time game, but they've had early-afternoon games in these playoffs as well.

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