Ettore Messina Clinic Notes

The biggest theme of the second round so far is the Spurs, after getting blown out in game 1, have been able to shut down Houston’s pick & roll to take a 2-1 series lead. With everyone scrambling for adjustments Mike D’Antoni needed to make following the 2 losses, the Rockets instead doubled down on their pace & space attack and cruised to a 125-104 victory to even the series. The notes embedded below hopefully will shed some light on San Antonio’s defensive scheme. Spurs assistant Ettore Messina is widely hailed as one of the greatest basketball minds in the world. Messina won 4 EuroLeague championships before joining Popovic’s staff in San Antonio. The clinic notes embedded below are from his lecture at a FIBA clinic in 2016.

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For more on ball screen defense:
-Brad Stevens clinic notes (LINK)
-The Cavs’ pick & roll coverage package (LINK)
-Ron Adams (Golden State) clinic notes (LINK)
-Quin Snyder clinic notes (LINK)

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