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Genius, Last-Second Plays Every NBA Coach Should Have in His Playbook
Nicolas Batum celebrates after a beauty of a last-second play call by Nate McMillan.

The greatest clutch shooter in the game's history is Michael Jordan. He hit more memorable shots in closing moments than any other player. No set play was needed other than a design to get the ball in his hands.

But not every team has a Michael Jordan.

The right play call in a game's final moments takes a level of creativity and timing to optimize any given squad's best scoring option.

But as often as game-winning shots occur, it's truly amazing how few come out of set plays called by coaches. A high majority of game-winners come on isolation or broken plays in a league of superstars able to hit the impossible.

Still, when a coach has just seconds remaining in a game and needs a bucket out of a timeout, he must have a play ready.   

Here's a set of genius, last-second plays every NBA coach should have in his playbook. Each slide offers a dramatized narration from the point of view of a coach directing his team.

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