It drives me crazy. You are driving in the fast lane, making
That same feeling, the frustration, is what I experienced in watching the NBA this season. There is a new strategy on the block, and it has moved through the NBA like a wildfire. This strategy all revolves around defending the pick-and-roll. The PnR is as common in an NBA offense as corn is in the state of Indiana. There are two ways for the player getting "screened" to get around the screen.
1. You can go under the screen.
In the footage above, you see both Kyrie Irving and Iman Shumpert go under the screens. It works on Toronto Raptors Guard Cory Joseph. The thinking here is: "Let the opponent shoot over the screen" which is exactly what Kyle Lowry does to beat the Cavalier defense on the play. This style is employed by almost every NBA team.
2. You can go
In that video, Kyrie and Kevin Love get put in the PnR. Kyrie fights over the screen, and Kevin switches onto Curry. The rest of the video is the Cavaliers trying to do similar things. The idea here is that you take away the
Both of these methods have been used since the Stockton-Malone era of basketball. However, it is becoming nearly impossible to fight OVER the PnR anymore. It was always "good basketball" for the guard to cut by the pick as tight as possible, but in the recent months, whenever a player tries to fight over the screen a foul ensues and the offensive player throws the ball at the rim, garnering them three free-throws.
Don't believe me? Check out this video of James Harden doing it.
There is an interesting stat flashed at the bottom of the screen during the video. Harden has done it EIGHT times in the Thunder-Rockets series. The biggest problem I have with this is the 3
Harden is not the only player to do it. Jeff Teague did it against Cleveland and hit the shot. Even Kawhi Leonard and Russell Westbrook have started doing it. This has caused a stir in the basketball world.
And of course fans...
At the end of the day, the NBA probably won't change any rules. But this has to stop. The refs need to be told to look for this, and when a player tries to "deceive" a referee, that player needs to be fined. If the NBA doesn't make changes soon, we could be in for extremely long games spent at the free-throw line. The change needs to be made, it's frustrating for the fans, players, and referees.