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Check out this this genius misdirection ran by Houston. Chris Paul gets the ball down low, and initially it seems like a clearout for a post up. But watch how it transforms into a double screen for Gerald Green, so that he can just sprint and get the ball for a wide open three.
But most casual NBA fans, would just focus on how CP3 is gonna play this out, which he doesn’t even move here, so a lot of viewers would miss this beautiful design and execution by the Rockets.
And that my friends is my first tip for you to be able to follow the games on a different level. What up everybody my name is Stefan and this is Heat Check. Let’s get into it.
So to elaborate on this first tip: Try to shift your focus off the ball for a split second, and check out what’s happening on the weak side. Especially if you notice the guy with the ball being a little passive. Most likely he is anticipating a playcall to be executed and a teammate to come out open for the pass. And once you learn to check the background every so often, you’ll be able to notice a lot of things. How certain players are moving and how the team offense is flowing.
Tip number 2. Once you notice a pattern, there is actually a way for you to confirm this. And go all the way in depth with it. Not a lot of people know this, but if you go to stats.nba.com, and you search for a player or a team, you can actually watch everything. Every point, assist, block, rebound, turnover everything. By just clicking on the blue sections in the graphs.
I am actually always digging around here. When I studied Giannis, I saw a lot of the shoulder bumps that he uses to just power his way to the basket.
Or for example when I made the video about Luka Doncic being clutch, I went through all of his forth quarter clutch baskets.
This is extremely powerful tool that can help you notice things by either looking at the numbers, or the game film itself.
There are tons of different settings and parameters that you can change and filter through so that you can find exactly the stat that you’re looking for.
I highly recommend that you check it out.
Tip number 3. If you’re able to do it, the only better way to really see every little detail, and how players and teams react to certain situations is to watch an NBA game live.
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Tip number 4. Have you watched the video I made about Blake Griffin back in October? At the end of that video I showed you how Dwyane Casey the Pistons coach ran the same exact game winning play from last year when he was with the Raptors.
On Instagram, I also posted how the OKC Thunder ran the same end of game play for Paul George. My point is, always pay attention to what teams do at the end of the games. They have specific designs for these situations and they are always extremely interesting to watch, and every so often you can catch the same play being ran.
In addition to that, I always watch closely during beginning of quarters, after time outs, and out of bounds situations.
Teams usually run designed play calls in only about 20% of the possessions believe it or not. However they always do it in these situations. To start the quarter, after time outs, out of bounds and close game endings.
Tip number 5. One of the things I do on a daily basis is checking out reddit. It’s a great place to see highlight plays, stats, interesting discussions, and stories that even big time networks like ESPN copy.
It’s a great mix of serious and insightful topics mixed in with entertainment that comes with jokes and trolling from some of the users.
There are news and articles from a bunch of different websites so you get a lot of interesting information and it’s just overall fun to interact with other people who also follow and love the NBA.
Since posts are submitted like almost every 5 minutes, you can always see something new and I definitely recommend that it becomes a part of your daily routine.