Weezy wrote:He played well, but we cannot have a Kobe iso every single time down the floor, it eventually stops working and it honestly is not very fun to watch. I know this is about wins, but basketball is also entertainment, and this give the ball to Kobe and let him dribble and do something by the end of the 24 seconds is freaking ugly at times.
I agree on the negative effect of the overuse of ISO offense, however, I don't think that's what happened today (or what the plan was).
Kobe was catching the ball on the post a lot -what many of us have wanted for a while-, and the plan was to iniciate our offense from there, just like in the OKC game, to name one. The difference was, however, that the combination of lack of movement off the ball from our players, a solid rotating D from Miami, and their decision to play Kobe straight up on multiple occations resulted
in ISO-like possessions. I believe the goal was for Kobe to scan the floor and make the right play, and the result looked very much like ISOs because of what I just mentioned. As the clock winded down (say 12-10 seconds left), Kobe had to make a decision, to either take the guy guarding him (not a bad idea considering how good a 1 on 1 player he is), try to drive and kick or simply pass it out and see what happens. Many times he chose to take the guy guarding him, and he managed to score effectively.
Things got bad though in the 4th where, with us running the same type of plays, Miami changed their defensive style and starting to agressively trap Kobe on the block, while other defenders rotated effectively to cover the open guy. That resulted in some key turnovers, as Kobe either wasn't able to get the pass across the hard trap or the recipient wasn't able to secure the ball because he was intercepted by a rotating Heat defender (Battier some times, Wade -Allen was on Kobe- other times, Bosh helped too).
That's what I thought happened. So, as a coach, seeing Miami take it up a notch and start this agressive trapping of my most effective player at the time, and their other defenders rotating fast enough to force turnovers, I call a time out and figure out a different set to try and prevent that from happening. That's what I'd do, but MDA didn't think alike, he just kept going with the same set and things didn't really get better. We managed to score a couple of times, but we weren't consistent, and the Heat got some key deflections/steals to break the game open.
Of course there is blame to be assigned to the players regarding the failure of that scheme, Kobe rushed it a couple of times and wasn't able to complete the pass, Nash forced a bad pass that resulted in a LeBron dunk, Howard didn't react fast enough to hold on to the ball / catch it correctly...