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ANALYZING TEAM AND INDIVIDUAL MATCHUPS

A mong other things, a successful coach must be a master psychologist who can motivate players to play for the team rather than themselves (there is “no I in team”; “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts”). A great coach must have sound offensive and defensive strategies and get the players to buy into executing his strategic concepts. Great coaches also have excellent insight as to which players to put in a game at a given time to best match up with the opponent's lineup. Recall from chapter 30 that we have Adjusted +/– ratings for each NBA player. We can also break down each player's Adjusted +/– by opponent. This helps coaches determine how to match their players up with those of their ...

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