In order to win games, you must take what the defense gives
you and don't settle for the jump shot.
Let's learn from this.
increase the closer to the basket a shot is taken.It's in the numbers and it makes complete
sense. The highest percentage shot in basketball is a dunk, the closest shot
you can take; a layup is second closest, then hook shot and so forth.
Now Iowa State beat North Carolina because they got hot at
the right time and North Carolina ran out of time to recover...
But also, Iowa State's DeAndre Kane didn't
settle for a jump shot.He drove hard into
the lane, took what the defense gave him and made a difficult game winning
lay-up to seal the game with only 1.6 seconds remaining. If the defense had
collapsed more, Kane should have kicked the ball out for a jump shot.The defense collapsed some, but not enough to
stop Kane from winning the game.
Don't forget, Iowa State can score too.They have run and gun and bombed threes all
year as they were ninth in the nation in scoring at almost 90 points per game.
They could have easily taken the jump shot at the end of the game, but didn't.
They didn't settle.
Who settled for the jump shot? Syracuse did, and they
lost.The outcomes of tight games are
determined on grit, desire, drive and gumption. They are also determined on
percentages and learning and understanding the game while it is going on.Not enough is said about "basketball smarts"
and knowing the situation of the game.
I was never a three-point shooter, although I always wanted
to be.(Every center secretly does) So, I did what I was good at, scoring close to
the basket.My senior year I led the
nation in field goal percentage because my shots were close to the basket and I
did what I was good at, playing defense and scoring near the basket when the
circumstance and game called for it. If I witnessed a poor shot from the
outside, I would let my guards hear about it. They would especially hear about
it if the shot is the difference between winning and losing.
Jim Boeheim, the
Syracuse head coach claimed that you cannot win a game shooting layups. He is
right to some extent. But it depends on when during the game these layups are
attempted.Tyler Ennis, a wonderful
player, chose to settle for the jump shot at the end of the game, without even
testing what the defense might give up.
A few minutes earlier, Ennis took the ball to the hoop two times and was fouled once, and scored the other time.
Today, Syracuse's season is over, much like the harmless shot Ennis took that
Lesson: Know game situations, test the defense, take what
the defense gives you and go from there.It is much easier to catch and shoot a ball that has been inside the arc
first through a hard drive to the hoop or post up.Learn from the game while it is happening and
NEVER SETTLE for the jump shot without testing the defense first.This can change a season's outcome.