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2011 NBA Finals: SB Nation Breaks Down Heat, Mavs Offensive Sets

SB Nation’s Sebastian Pruiti has posted a comprehensive breakdown of sets used by the Miami Heat and Dallas Mavericks during the 2011 NBA playoffs. He notes that the Heat and Mavs were the two most efficient half court offenses in the NBA this season.

Included in the sets he reviews are Miami’s Double High Post sets and Dallas’ Foul Line Pick and Roll. Video is included in each review. He also notes something interesting about the two teams.

An Interesting Similarity

While watching each teams half-court possessions, I noticed an interesting similarity between the two offenses. This similarity takes place in delayed transition opportunities where the teams aren’t really in transition, but they aren’t running their offense as well. When both teams are in delayed transition opportunities, they like to set a screen with a trailing big man. However, despite the fact that both teams run pick and rolls in delayed transition situations, they are looking for different things out of it.

He concludes by looking at each team’s sideline and baseline out-of-bounds plays and some easy scoring opportunities they see from each scheme.

See more of Sebastian’s analysis at

Photographs by jamesbrandon, jdtornow, phlezk, flygraphix, mcdlttx, tomasland, and literalbarrage used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.