When done properly, the pick and roll is still the staple of basketball after all these decades. It's never easy to stop when the right people are performing it, but we can all agree it's essential that the Pacers learn an effective way to at least make the PnR difficult on opponents.
So given the guys we usually see in the rotation, how would you coach them to defend it?
I haven't focused on it in a while, but last I recall, we tended to have our big man "show" and then try to haul *** back into the paint to keep the big man from catching a pass off of the PnR.
With our team, I'd be tempted to have our big stay with his man, and have our small guy play under the pick. It's a bit of Russian roulette to a point, but it's tempting to me for three reasons:
1) It means the ball is in the paint less often.
2) It means the ball is moving less often.
3) It means their point guard is likely to become a score first, pass second player.
The downside is obvious: If the point guard is hot, you'll get torched.
But given how badly the Pacers have been, I'd have to say I think there's a decent chance it would be a net gain to defend it the way I'm suggesting. I think it always gives the opponent a puncher's chance, but I'd rather worry about a puncher's chance knocking us out as opposed to just being continuously abused as we are right now.
What about you?