The San Antonio Spurs‘ humming offense is built around two things: Tony Parker and passing.
Here’s what usually happens:
- Scenario A — Tony Parker drives past his opponent and either finishes in the paint, or kicks the ball out to an open shooter after the defense collapses on him.
In Game 5 of the NBA Finals, Tony Parker got 99% of his points in the paint:
- Scenario B — The Spurs run a set play for somebody else. Maybe it’s a curl for Danny Green. Maybe it’s a backscreen for Manu Ginobili.
Whether it’s Scenario A or Scenario B, Tony Parker is dictating the ball for pretty much the entirety of the time he’s in.
Bringing the ball up the floor? Check. Five seconds left in the half and you got to get a good shot off? Check. Penetrate and kick for a Danny Green three? Check. Hit a clutch step-back three pointer of your own? Check.