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It would be great to look at Portland game 2 and show the defense working against these same plays.

Wiseman definitely played much better on the pick and roll, including a couple of blocks. And of course Steph blew up but did we see Oubre fighting over the top and making the right reads or did Portland just miss shots they made the first game?

My memory says they had fewer open shots but they missed some as well.

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Jan 4, 2021Liked by Eric Apricot

This format definitely works. I'm getting a lot out of the videos.

The "Explain 1 Play" name is fine by me. It's like "Scoop of Ice Cream". If you give me two or three scoops, who am I to complain?

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Jan 3, 2021Liked by Eric Apricot

"Explain 1 Play" has been a bit of a misnomer for a long time, but this format really stretches that name to the breaking point, huh?

I like the idea of reacting to bunch of plays and analyzing the defense, but a highlight reel is a very unrepresentative sample, so it doesn't give you a reliable picture of what does or doesn't work most of the time. There are always going to be a few plays in there where it's like, "Well, damn, they made a tough shot." If a coverage leads to difficult shots and a team misses 4 out of 5 of them, the 1 they made is going to be the one in the highlight reel. I think a better thing to analyze this way would be a stretch of continuous play, like a run that more or less decided the game, or the several basketball minutes of a particular lineup, something like that.

You can call it "Apricot Inspects" or something. "APRICOT INSPECTS: Paschall and Draymond playing together" or "APRICOT INSPECTS: Portland's opening run" something like that. I dunno, maybe there's a catchier name. I'm not a marketing guy.

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One thing that is puzzling is Wiggins on defense. It seems like he makes some great plays at times and at other times gets beaten really badly, with smaller players blowing by him in the paint..

Does my perception match your coach POV?

Is he just vulnerable to that quick first step or are these lapses in concentration?

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Jan 3, 2021Liked by Eric Apricot

Thanks for breaking down the defense in E1P. Sadly, our defense broke down quite bit against Portland.

My initial take after the game was that Draymond didn't do much if anything to improve the team but at least you showed how the rotations actually work and Dray in the right place all of the time.

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On another note - does anybody use Android phone and case to TV using Chromecast? If yes, do you see the chrome-casting icon when playing the video from within the page?

Just curious to know if it is my browser having problem or Substack pages have inherent limitation in this regards. It used to work on GSOM.

I rarely use my laptop. Hence casting these videos to TV used to be awesome.

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Jan 3, 2021Liked by Duby Dub Dubs

Looks like Oubre's natural (and may be the only) inclination on D is to be an on-ball defender. Seems like even if another player has rotated, he keeps going after the ball. Once he realizes that he is out of reach, he stands around.

Can you really teach this kind of stuff to a person who has been in league for 4 years already? Also lack of full length training camp and longer preseason as well as Dray missing during both may be one of many things that may doom this season.

I wonder if Oubre is in his head not only on O but also miscues on D carryover on O.

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Jan 3, 2021Liked by Eric Apricot

Super loved that first video, equally as I have all E1Ps. Differencs is that usual E1Ps go deep into a complicated Dubs play (depth). This one is quick but multiple plays (breadth) and also like you are talking to another you instead of us.

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Jan 3, 2021Liked by Eric Apricot

Another great vid. I'm digging all formats old and new.

Kerr mentioned this but it really just seems like the breakdown at the point of attack is too easy and it just snowballs from there. Any ideas what we could do differently? Immediately trap and get the ball out of Damian's hands and force another playmaker to make plays?

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Jan 3, 2021Liked by Eric Apricot

You're the greatest! Thanks for the explanations.

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I think the theory behind Oubre consistently going under screens is that due to his length he can cover a lot of ground in a short amount of time. I don't know if that's by design from the coaches or it's just a normal habit of his that he gets away with more often than he doesn't. But going over the screen and trailing behind the ballhandler would actually be more beneficial since he can use that length to bother the shot from behind (assuming he stays disciplined and prevents being "put in jail" by the ballhandler).

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Jan 3, 2021Liked by Eric Apricot

Enjoyed the multi-play format very much Mr. A, the play results not so much. Hoping Monday brings a cleansing vid showing good defensive rotations!

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Jan 3, 2021Liked by Eric Apricot

This was great, love hearing you "react" as opposed to show a selected set of plays but definitely still gonna need the E1Ps that pick a specific type of play and deep dive. Someone called head tap last night and my wife was amazed as I calmly predicted exactly where who would run where and where the pass would lead!

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Jan 3, 2021Liked by Eric Apricot

I love your usual style of video, but this one was great too. It was nice getting to see a half dozen or more plays rather than just one, which presumably is an advantage to doing it in real time. Thanks so much!

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