German Athens wrote:Also, do you think pick and rolls would work with Giannis as the ballhandler against the wall?
I know that might seem bizarre, as that would mean you’d be pushing more bodies to Giannis and muddying up lanes even more so, but would that also do the same for the defenders? Conventional wisdom would say pass to the players whose defender is sagging to help build the wall - they would have an open 3 - but that’s usually what the defense wants, and generally they seem to be able to recover. Wouldn’t a double screen on one end of the 3 man wall make it pretty hard to either get back to Giannis, or cause enough chaos as to where a rolling man might be able to break free?
I distinctively remember under kidd when Giannis first got moved to pg in the second half of the season - he actually displayed change of pace play. He ran the pick and roll, got his defender behind him and just slowed up waiting for the roller to get an opening. You know, actual pg chops.
Do you know who is most responsible for "The Wall?" The Bucks. When the Bucks run to a spot on the 3 point line and stand, it allows for another team to set up a wall on Giannis. The defenders only have to worry about closing out on their player, or the preferred shooter on a side of the floor. It's like guarding a chair. Pretty easy to scheme against in a playoff series. The solution? MOVE! Double screen, triple screen, or cuts of any kind will make it harder to stop Giannis whether he has the ball or not.