Bill Schoening's 20-Second Timeout: Spurs Entering The Zone
With the zone outlawed for so many years in the pro game, Pop is much more comfortbable with in your face man to man, the style of defense that has defined the Spurs during the Popovich era.
Lucious Harris drives into the teeth of the Spurs' zone defense.
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But don't be surprised if the Spurs use it as a "change-up" defense, just to give the Nets a different wrinkle and get them out of their offensive rhythm. Pop says blame it on Assistant Coach P.J. Carlesimo, who spent many years in the college game, where zones are much more prevalent.
This might not be Seton Hall, but is North Jersey, and your zone is doing okay, P.J.