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    Default Legacy of a Buzzer-Beater: How George Hill Beat the Lakers

    Hadn't seen this posted yet. It seems like the Pacers get more than expected coverage from Grantland.

    After the game, Frank Vogel suggested David West could have set an actual screen for Hill, but he never came close to doing so, and it doesnít appear West had any intention of setting a real screen. He instead ran hard up toward Hill as if he were going to screen Metta World Peace, only to suddenly veer off toward the top of the 3-point arc and away from Hill.

    Monty Williams ran this play with West and Chris Paul all the time in New Orleans, especially in clutch situations. It was a straight-up decoy then; Williams instructed West merely to fake a screen for Paul before darting away toward the center of the court, as he did last night. The idea, Williams has told me, is to trick the point guardís defender (World Peace) into thinking a screen is coming to Hillís right. In anticipation of that pick, a defender will often open up his stance slightly, better angling himself to chase the point guard over the pick, as World Peace does here:
    Saw it on Indy Cornrows.
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