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Now, Who's Guarding that Howard Guy?
You can go to any High School game in America and find teams running the good ole' pick-and-roll.
You would think that by the time guys make it to the NBA they would understand what that looks like and how to defend it.
Every night you will see Greg Monroe above the three point line chasing someone on a pick-and-roll switch, and what do you think is going on behind him?
That's right fans, a gaping hole, with a red carpet to the basket, because as we know there's nothing intimidating in there, especially when your "center" is guarding a Point Guard above the arc.
They actually look surprised when that guy passes the ball to a wide-open guy standing under the basket.
It seems like they try to have Monroe trap that guy, and then steal a pass going into the paint, but instead it puts them in a situation of running, a step behind each pass.
Sure, they each pat themselves on the chest and say "my bad" to their teammates, but how about us fans. Maybe we deserve an apology too.
This one has to fall on the coach too though.
It's no surprise that teams like the Spurs, Lakers, and Celtics defend the pick-and-roll very well, forcing teams to take more jumpers. Those teams are well-coached and preach defense.