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Lowe: Praising Portland's Early Guard Action

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Zach Lowe of SI.com praises Portland's early in the shot clock guard movement. ---------------------------------- 7. Portland’s early guard-guard screening action It’s such a simple thing, but it works, in part because of the fast pace at which Portland is playing: One Blazer guard, normally Raymond Felton, will speed-dribble the ball up the sideline directly at another guard stationed near the three-point line on the wing. When they meet, Felton will either hand the ball off and cut to the hoop off his teammate’s screen, or keep his dribble going toward the corner, using the other guard for a ball screen. You’d be surprised how much chaos this can cause defenses. They either switch themselves into a less favorable matchup or run the risk of losing the ball-handler around the screen. And since Portland’s guards are pushing the pace, there aren’t any big men clogging the lane when this initial action happens on the sideline. If Felton can turn the corner, he’ll often have a clear path to the rim. It’s another funky way in which a team lacking perimeter shot creators can nonetheless create shots. ---------------------------------- -- Ben Golliver | benjamin.golliver@gmail.com | Twitter
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