Kevin Durant breaks down the Rockets’ defense
The Houston Rockets are set to meet the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference Finals. Both teams have laid out their scouting report. Kevin Durant of the Warriors gave a general breakdown of the Rockets’ defense, which has improved a whole lot this season.
As reported by Mark Medina of The Mercury News, Durant noticed that the Rockets do a good job at switching, which messes up the other team’s match-ups and sets. He noted that the key to this is the Rockets’ good communication:
“They do a good job of switching. And when you switch, it takes a lot of teams out of their sets. It takes away the pick and roll… They do such a good job of switching and rebounding the basketball. They’re switching point guards on their centers, doing a good job of exchanging at the backside and getting the shooters out, small guys out of there. They’re communicating well.”
Below is the full clip of Durant:
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— Mark Medina (@MarkG_Medina) May 10, 2018
Durant, is in fact, spot on with his comments. Rockets’ associate head coach Jeff Bzdelik, who’s in charge of the team’s defensive sets, made it a priority to keep his players on their toes for switches. As per Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle, Bzdelik said:
“It has to be done properly,” Bzdelik said. “Switching can’t be a convenience. It has to be used as a weapon. It can be very effective because of the way the game is played. Our rules are, you switch to deny, you switch to force a turnover and you switch to take away a 3.
“When you alternate between switching and different schemes, it keeps even great players a little off-balance.”