The Denver Nuggets live on points in the paint. In game 1 of their playoff series with the Los Angeles Lakers, they had no problem getting into the paint, what they had a problem with was scoring once they got there. The story of the game was the triple double by Andrew Bynum who completely controlled the lane defensively for the Lakers.
All hope is not lost; the Nuggets need to simply do a better job of taking advantage of the times they get in the lane. Denver finished with 44 points in the paint, a respectable total, but when you consider how many more points they could have had if they did not offer up so many meek attempts that were thrown back, there is hope Denver can get their offense back on track. In the Film Room session below, we take a look at what Denver must do to improve their offense in the paint.
Editor’s note: Once again, I am having difficulties with the new software I am using. My non video images are not being displayed (such as the images of the wide open corners and the into and exit image, when I upload the video. Everything is fine when I save it, but when I upload it to Youtube it is different. I apologize for the poor quality.
In our pre-series primer on the Lakers clog-the-lane defensive philosophy I mentioned how the Nuggets cannot simply run their first action and then settle into iso mode. In game one, they were very impatient and as shown in the first couple of clips, they were constantly attacking the Lakers set defense from isolation sets. Denver must show more patience in game 2 by moving without the ball and not giving up after the Lakers stop the initial pick and roll.
UPDATE: Here are the missing frames from the video showing the open corner on penetration.
Afflalo wide open in the corner.
Afflalo needs to move to the open corner and Gallo needs to drift back to cover against the fast break.