Yesterday, the Charlotte Bobcats lost to the Chicago Bulls. Make no mistake, the Bulls are a very good team with a very good coach. They're extremely disciplined on both ends of the floor, and this translates into great offensive and defensive efficiency. The Bulls moved the ball well, and tallied 22 assists on 35 made field goals last night. That means roughly two thirds of their made field goals were assisted. In contrast, the Bobcats had 12 assists on 32 made field goals. Fun! But that's not why we're here. We're here because the Bobcats can't play defense. I watched most of last night's game, and saw one defensive possession that blew my mind. Let's get into it. The first thing I want you to notice is that the Bobcats are inexplicably playing a 3-2 zone. How can you tell so early in a possession? The Bobcats are standing in zones, and aren't matched up with individual players. Simple enough, right?
How not to play defense, part one
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