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Marc Gasol and Mike Conley Prevent David Lee Heroics

(AP Photo/Danny Johnston)

We’ve already taken a look at how the Lakers and Wizards have defended late game inbounds plays.  Clinging to a one-point lead with five seconds left, the Grizzlies were tasked with stopping the Warriors’ inbounds play.  Let’s see how they handled it.

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Monta Ellis: Low Post Star?

(AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

When one thinks of the perimeter players that attack defenses from the post, Monta Ellis is not usually the first name that comes up.  However, the open court speedster has quietly developed a post game that is 2nd best in the NBA in points per possession, according to Synergy.  Yes, Ellis has been better in the post than Kobe, Lebron, Carmelo, and Joe Johnson, among others.  Ellis has spent less time in the post than those players, but his improvement in undeniable.

Head Coach Mark Jackson wanted to get more touches in the post for Ellis.  Not only did  Ellis increase his number of post-up possessions per game since last season, going from less than one to more than two, he has also become more efficient.  Let’s take a look at some of the moves in his arsenal.

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