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Old 06-02-2011, 07:45 AM   #1
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Default Jason Terry thinks he has some secrets for LeBron James' defense

http://www.miamiherald.com/2011/06/0...confusion.html

Miami Heat’s defense causes confusion


The Mavericks had a hard time generating shots — especially late in the game — after 6-8 LeBron James was assigned to cover 6-2 Jason Terry.

Dallas Mavericks forward Shawn Marion looked down at a stat sheet through his stylish postgame glasses after Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Tuesday and shook his head. He raised his eyes to a room filled with reporters, cameras and questions.
“I’ll tell you this,” Marion said. “We didn’t win too many games getting 67 shots.”

Only one time this postseason has Dallas won a game when held to the number of attempted shots it managed Tuesday. It happened in Game 3 of the Western Conference semifinals when, led by Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas made nine more three-pointers than the Lakers.

The three-point shot could not save the Mavericks on Tuesday. The Heat’s swarming defense in the game’s second half made sure of that, limiting Dallas to 3-of-8 shooting from beyond the arc in the final 24 minutes. More specifically, LeBron James would not allow it.
The Heat made a surprising tactical adjustment near the end of Game 1 when coach Erik Spoelstra matched James against Mavericks sharpshooter Jason Terry. Dallas wasn’t prepared. Terry was limited to three shots and missed them all. Along with the Heat’s 16-6 advantage in offensive rebounds, it was the difference in the game.

How many times had James guarded Terry before Tuesday? Never.
“It was a big adjustment, something we weren’t prepared for,” Terry said.

Gaining defensive confidence like a whirling tempest throughout this postseason, the Heat has now won five games in a row and all nine at AmericanAirlines Arena. Game 2 of the NBA Finals, possibly the Heat’s last home game of the postseason, is at 9 p.m. on Thursday.

Tuesday’s 92-84 series-opening victory was the Heat’s sixth this postseason when trailing at halftime. Clutch shooting by James and Dwyane Wade has carried the Heat throughout the postseason, but they point to defense as the catalyst in close fourth quarters. During its five-game winning streak, the Heat has outscored Chicago and Dallas by an average of 6.2 points in fourth quarters and overtime, holding the Bulls and Mavericks to 17.6 points during the final 12 minutes of regulation in those games.

“All year I think we’ve done a better job of closing games on the defensive end than we did on the offensive end,” Wade said. “When we went through our five-game losing streak, we weren’t closing games on the defensive end. All the talk was about what we [weren’t] doing offensively — too much one-on-one.

“We weren’t closing games on the defensive end.”

If there is such a thing, James has served as the Heat’s defensive closer during the 2011 playoffs. His versatility as a defender has allowed Spoelstra flexibility late in games that is unique in the game of basketball. If the parquet were a chessboard, then the self-proclaimed King would be the mighty queen, the all-powerful chess piece with the ability to slide in all directions and finish off an opponent with lethal and clever creativity.

In the Eastern Conference finals, James lined up against Bulls guard Derrick Rose late in games and shut down the league’s MVP. Rose could barely manage a shot in crunch time when guarded by James. Terry found Tuesday night’s Game 1 just as difficult.

“You know, with him, [James] has a size advantage and he uses his strength very well,” Terry said. “But he’s still quick. He’s still quick enough to kind of stay in front of you.”

James’ combination of size and speed signaled a checkmate in a game that forced Dallas out of its game plan from beginning. Dallas entered the NBA Finals averaging 75.2 shots per game. In the Western Conference finals, matched against an opponent that suited Dallas’ fast-paced tempo, the Mavericks averaged 78.8 shots per game. On Tuesday, as Marion noted with a sense of frustration, Dallas had 67.

“We’re just going to have to be a lot more active, looking for opportunities in transition,” Terry said. “And then, other than that, stand in the corner and let [James] guard me. I don’t want to give away all my secrets. We’ll see if it works.”

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Old 06-02-2011, 07:50 AM   #2
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Default Re: Jason Terry thinks he has some secrets for LeBron James' defense

BTW, brilliant move by Spoelstra to put Wade on Marion and James on Terry.

Wade excels guarding bigger slower forwards like Marion, and LeBron is at his best using his length + agility to shut down smaller guards. The Dallas offense screeched to a grinding halt in the 4th quarter as soon as Miami changed it up to shut them down.


Let's see what "secrets" Terry has in store for game 2 that Derrick Rose couldn't find going up against Lebron.
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Old 06-02-2011, 08:00 AM   #3
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Wade did an excellent job on Marion when he was guarding him. He also snatched or tipped many of Marion's rebounds to himself or to others.

So many key Mavs are one-way players. Terry can't guard anyone, and he had a couple of unforced turnovers. Barea is useless on defense.

Dirk doesn't play any sort of meaningful defense. I've re-watched game 1 a couple of times already and there were so many rebounds that Dirk could have had, but didn't even try to jump or was boxed out by the likes of Joel Anthony.

I remember a couple of plays in particular, a rebound went to Dirk, who had inside poisition, but Joel quickly went in front of Dirk and boxed him out without resistance.

Another play was a missed free throw by Chandler, and the ball went to Dirk, he just stood there with his arms waiting for the ball to come to him when Wade or some player just tipped it out of Dirk's hands and the ball went to Heat.

I had a feeling the Heat had another gear in case things were tighter, they won without too much pressure.
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Old 06-02-2011, 08:22 AM   #4
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Default Re: Jason Terry thinks he has some secrets for LeBron James' defense

u guys noticed that Marion's ball release is so low that even Barea can record a bock shot against the Matrix
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Old 06-02-2011, 08:58 AM   #5
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Default Re: Jason Terry thinks he has some secrets for LeBron James' defense

Rose wasnt able to score on lebron,you expect terry to score on him.Thats not gonna happen if lebron decides to defend him he can just forget about it.

BTW wade on marion actually worked better than i thought
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Old 06-02-2011, 09:39 AM   #6
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Default Re: Jason Terry thinks he has some secrets for LeBron James' defense

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u guys noticed that Marion's ball release is so low that even Barea can record a bock shot against the Matrix
Well, Lebron wasn't even able to pass by Barea or shoot over him, so...
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Old 06-02-2011, 09:56 AM   #7
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Rose wasnt able to score on lebron,you expect terry to score on him.Thats not gonna happen if lebron decides to defend him he can just forget about it.

BTW wade on marion actually worked better than i thought


Terry is a vet and can shoot unconscious from 3 at times...Hes always been real streaky..
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Old 06-02-2011, 10:22 AM   #8
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Terry is a vet and can shoot unconscious from 3 at times...Hes always been real streaky..

Indeed like lakers game he can shoot it.But to shoot it you have to have space when 6'8 guy who happens to be quicker and faster than you is guarding you you are not gonna get much space if any.So only option would be to move him around series of screens like boston does with ray-ray.Otherwise there is no way he can score on lebron
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Old 06-02-2011, 11:47 AM   #9
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Default Re: Jason Terry thinks he has some secrets for LeBron James' defense

Mr 4th quarter was shut down. Anyone still doubting lebron's defense ?
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Old 06-02-2011, 11:52 AM   #10
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Anyone can guard Terry one on one, but if Terry runs around in the offense, getting screens and catches and shoot, it will be hard for LeBron. LeBron is just to big.
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Old 06-02-2011, 11:57 AM   #11
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Anyone can guard Terry one on one, but if Terry runs around in the offense, getting screens and catches and shoot, it will be hard for LeBron. LeBron is just to big.

let's analyze your theory, i think everyone else will agree with me when i say Derrick rose >>>>>> Jason terry.. And he was shut down by lebron. Also derrick rose defense >>> Jason terry. So terry being being on the floor allows wade to go on beast mode. So how does this help dallas ?
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u guys noticed that Marion's ball release is so low that even Barea can record a bock shot against the Matrix
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Old 06-02-2011, 12:13 PM   #13
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BTW, brilliant move by Spoelstra to put Wade on Marion and James on Terry.

Wade excels guarding bigger slower forwards like Marion, and LeBron is at his best using his length + agility to shut down smaller guards. The Dallas offense screeched to a grinding halt in the 4th quarter as soon as Miami changed it up to shut them down.


Let's see what "secrets" Terry has in store for game 2 that Derrick Rose couldn't find going up against Lebron.


If Rose couldn't figure anything out against Lebron a slower less Dynamic Terry has no Chance.. Maybe he hits a few jumpers before Lebron closes on him but if Lebron is guarding him he will be for the majority of the time a Non factor.
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u guys noticed that Marion's ball release is so low that even Barea can record a bock shot against the Matrix

When did you start watching ball?
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Old 06-02-2011, 12:17 PM   #15
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Default Re: Jason Terry thinks he has some secrets for LeBron James' defense

I thought it would be smart using Lebron on Dirk but the more I think about it it is SMARTER limiting /shutting down Dallas 2nd Option making it even Harder for Dallas as Dirk has to be in Superman Mode just to have a chance.
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