I’m watching the second half of the 4th game of the Heat & Pacers series and television analyst Steve Kerr just made the statement, “The Heat are really playing harder on defense since the second half started.”
What exactly does “playing hard on defense” mean?
According to Brian Williams of Coaching Toolbox the following list describes teams and individuals who play hard on defense.
- Block out every time your opponent shoots
- Play defense in a stance
- Provide early help and then recover quickly
- Help the helper
- Close out with hands above shoulders
- Take a charge in the lane or on the baseline
- Contest every shot
- Deflect passes without reaching or foul
- Move your feet instead of one handed reaching or grabbing
- Put your foot out of bounds when cutting off baseline
- Sprint on the pass instead of waiting for the catch
- Use two hands to rip the ball away from your opponent
- Adjust your defensive each time the ball or your man moves
Look at the list above – do you play hard on defense or do you hardly play any defense?