By Adam Spinella

Adam is currently a college basketball coach at the Division III level working at Washington & Jefferson College. He loves watching for offensive schemes while specializing in individual skill development, shooting technique and coach-speak. Born in New Hampshire, Adam grew up as a Celtics fan but now claims to just love "good basketball", which does not include mid-range jumpers.

NBA Chalk Talk: Early 2019 Playoff Adjustments

Coaching is a lot like chess. You have to think several moves ahead, see the entire board and understand the value of each piece at your disposal. Anticipating your opponent’s moves and trapping them in their own style is considered masterful. Postseason basketball is beautiful for that reason. The players are the ones executing and…

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The Boston Celtics May Have Finally Figured Themselves Out

Postseason basketball is insanely physical. While the referees swallow their whistles and allow more contact, aggressors become rewarded and the weak fade away. Nowhere was that more evident than the second half of Game 1 between the Boston Celtics and Indiana Pacers. A brutish and low-scoring contest, the game was decided in the third quarter,…

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How to Win Each Western Conference Series

For those who enjoy watching the chess match between one coach and another, a playoff series provides the opportunity to see it unfold in a way no other league can offer. Coaches have time to adjust, with multiple games in a series and days off to build their scheme. After 82 games, few set plays,…

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How to Win Each Eastern Conference Series

PLAYOFF BASKETBALL IS HERE! Shout it from the rooftops, folks. For those who enjoy watching the chess match between one coach and another, a playoff series provides the opportunity to see it unfold in a way no other league can offer. Coaches have time to adjust, with multiple games in a series and days off…

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These Oft-Overlooked Shooters Will be Postseason Focal Points

The 2019 NBA Playoffs gets my inner X’s and O’s geek giddy. For eighty-two games, every team perfects its playbook and fuels its offense for prime performance when the postseason arrives. The playoffs unleash a renowned scouting focus from defenses, preparing in greater depth for opponents and the playbooks they have built. In a world…

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Everything to Know About NBA’s Final Race for Playoff Seeding

By late March and the final ten games of the season, many NBA franchises already have their seasons decided. Many are eliminated from playoff contention, shutting down their top stars to rack up losses and increase their draft odds. Others have clinched playoff berths as well as their seeding, now focusing on getting healthy and…

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Pick-and-Roll Defense Looms for Enes Kanter, Portland Trail Blazers

On Monday, March 25th, Jusuf Nurkic’s leg crumbled simultaneously with the Portland Trail Blazers’ playoff hopes. Without their third best player, interior anchor and one of the most league’s underrated bigs, the Blazers have a large void with just two weeks before the postseason begins. The gruesome injury resulted in compound fractures of the tibia…

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NBA Draft Watch: Challenges Ahead in March Madness Sweet Sixteen

The first two rounds of the 2019 NCAA Tournament saw more chalk than a powerlifter’s convention. Twelve of the sixteen teams to make the Sweet Sixteen are top-three seeds within their region, and rather clearly the nation’s top teams. There was a brief flurry revolving around Ja Morant’s dazzling performance against Marquette, as well as…

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NBA Chalk Talk: 3 New Actions to Know

Innovation is never easy. It requires an understanding of what has already been done, a willingness to possibly fail and a vision for something new. The game of basketball is not rocket science, nor do the X’s and O’s innovations that take place have massively important consequences. But understanding the changes and new concepts in…

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The Defensive Prowess of Shai Gilgeous-Alexander

The bottom half of the Western Conference playoff picture is a cluster. Four teams separated by a half-game are all competing to avoid the Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets in the first round. Scheduling, health and streakiness will play a large role in the final three weeks of the season in determining where teams…

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