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Soft Power

4 Jan 2012

Beckley Mason breaks down how the halfcourt trap allowed Chicago to erase last night’s 19-point deficit against Atlanta:

Think scoring against, the Bulls is tough? Try it when you don’t look at the rim until 12 seconds are left on the shot clock. It usually takes a few ball reversals, some rugged screening to score on the Bulls. A shortened shot clock encourages exactly the type of isolation play Thibodeau’s defense is designed to destroy. …

It was also interesting to note that Chicago didn’t apply pressure over and over, perhaps to prevent Atlanta from becoming comfortable in handling it. Unlike the press you’ll see most teams use when down late in a game, Thibodeau’s wasn’t a desperate decision. Rather, it was a calculated maneuver that shifted the Bulls attitude from reactor to aggressor.

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