The Hustle

“It takes energy”
-Draymond Green

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“Thanks to a new NBA initiative, the game’s biggest intangible—hustle—is now tangible. And what has a season of tracking stats such as deflections, charges and loose balls taught us? That basketball’s most talented team, THE WARRIORS, is also its scrappiest”
Lee Jenkins, Sports Illustrated 

“This is about energy. You can get an assist without expending energy. You can score a point without expending energy. Sometimes you can even get a rebound without expending energy. But you don’t set screens without expending energy. You don’t contest shots without expending energy. You don’t get deflections—unless you walk into one every now and then—without expending energy. These are the things in basketball you have to really want to do.”
Draymond Green, Forward for the Golden State Warriors

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All-Access with the Denver Nuggets

“Every team in the NBA utilizes some form of video analysis, so getting a leg up on the competition can be challenging.”
-Travess Armenta

“You just try and find weaknesses in teams… I do this thing called ‘Play Edits’ where we’ll have every play they run in the edit, and coaches will go skim through it and organise it as they see fit. So if we’re playing Houston tomorrow, we’ll cut their five most recent games before the game tomorrow and then separate it and organise it by half court defence, transition defence, pick and roll defence, post defence, that kind of stuff. Then our coaches are really good at looking at it and seeing what is the best way that it was covered and then what they think is the best way we should cover it.”
-Travess Armenta, Head Video Coordinator of the Denver Nuggets

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The Beautiful Chaos Of The Warriors’ Offence

The Golden State Warriors set screens differently than any other team.

“Golden State obviously uses pick and rolls, too, but the club relies on them less than any team in basketball. Instead, the Warriors prefer to confuse their opponents by setting screens away from the ball, a strategy the Dubs used 400 times more in the regular season than the next-closest team.”
-Chris Herring, senior sportswriter for FiveThirtyEight

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Brad Stevens’s philosophy on loose balls is: Floor it!

“Coach believed firmly that whoever got the most loose and 50/50 balls was going to win the game and he got us to buy into that belief.”
-Matt Howard

“If you want your guys to play hard, get hard-playing guys.”
-Jeff Van Gundy, Ex NBA Head Coach & ESPN Analyst

“If you want guys that dive all over the place, get guys that dive.’’
-Brad Stevens, Head Coach of the Boston Celtics

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Quin Snyder: On Process, Patience and How An Elite Defence is Built

“I don’t think people realise how intelligent he is. His basketball IQ is on a different level.”
-Paul Millsap

“The biggest [challenge] offensively is spacing… When you’re the best player on the floor, sometimes it doesn’t matter where you are as much. People have to kind of react to you. And now you’re in a situation where there’s people with equal or more ability than you on the offensive end, and [you’re figuring] out how you need to space to help them, and also to help yourself to facilitate high percentage offence.”
Quin Snyder, Head Coach of the Utah Jazz

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