Toronto Raptors

The Raptors Could Surprise

The Blue Jays are history so all Toronto sports fans are looking to the hardwood for their sports fixes. The Toronto Maple Leafs are also tuning up for a new season but everyone in TO knows that the Raptors are the only legitimate playoff team for sports crazed Torontonians. The team had a great run late last year and they have come a long way from their debut in the old Skydome days (now known as The Rogers Center). This YouTube video should get you in the mood for a new basketball season. The Raptors could surprise – so everyone should stay tuned. We are always looking for NBA bloggers for our site. If you would like  to blog about the Toronto Raptors – please email us @ contact@getrealbasketball.com. You can also reach out to us on our Twitter handle @ Getrealbasket.

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Anatomy of a Play (TEAM USA Edition)

The Debate dives into some screen shots of 2 great quick looks from Coach K and the Team USA staff from this past weekend’s games vs Finland and vs Turkey. Be on the lookout for these and more well designed plans from TEAM USA the rest of the tournament.

TODAY’S SET (1): 1-4 Wing Entry vs Denial

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TODAY’S DESIGNER: Coach K and his staff of Jim Boeheim, Tom Thibodeau and Monty Williams

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REASONS BEHIND: Leading up to the official start of the World Cup of FIBA Basketball, we talked extensively about Team USA’s problems getting into their 1-4 sets via the pass. Teams from Brazil thru Slovenia had success (albeit briefly) hard denying Kyrie Irving/Derrick Rose’s passing lanes to James Harden and Steph Curry on the wing, slowing down the overall effect of the set. Coach K and company were obviously well aware of the same problem, and very early against Finland, showed a wrinkle to the 1-4 wing set that handled the issue very well (guess the staff knows what they’re doing huh?) Continue reading

Scouting Team USA

SCOUTING TEAM USA

-Pretend for a moment that you happen to be on the coaching staff for, say, Spain…or Puerto Rico…or China…and your Head Coach just walked in and said “Hey, Coach Bob, USA Brazil is tonight. I want the scouting report shared to my drive by midnight. See ya.” Not exactly an easy assignment. But rest easy as here at The Debate we did your job for you. Below is all you need to know on Coach K’s most recent edition of the Red White and Blue (NOTE: You probably won’t be within 15, but hey, this will help a little we think)-

LINEUP (NOTES)

PG: Derrick Rose 6’3  (Back Up: Kyrie Irving)  (2nd Back Up: Damian Lillard)

  • Rose is as close to back to 2010 MVP form as we’ve seen in 3 years (went coast to coast and finished with floater in 3.6 seconds). Is attacking rim again at will, and off both legs explosively. Defensively, not as aggressive on ball as Irving or Curry, but more active hands in passing lane…
  • Irving is very good at step thrus and splits in the key versus help rotations and has great touch on the ball off the glass. Defensively, very handsy on the ball but will pick up and attack handler full court off of makes
  • Lillard appeared sluggish off the bench in short span, which included getting beat coast to coast 3 seconds into his rotation…still, will be tough to handle off screen roll game if we go under

SG: Steph Curry 6’3 (Back Up: Klay Thompson) (2nd Back Up: Kyle Korver) Continue reading