Welcome to The Passing Game, where we take time to recognize and glorify the dimes being thrown all around us.
Here were some great dimes in the NBA over the weekend.
John Wall is one of the best at pushing the ball from end to end. He possesses elite awareness, as shown here. Wall went full head of steam over half court, past Tobias Harris on a crossover and into the paint, which drew Channing Frye into help. Wall knew he had Garrett Temple spaced in the corner and didn’t even need to look to deliver an on-point pass for an open three.
One of the reasons the Warriors are able to do what they do is because of Draymond Green’s versatility. He pushed the ball in transition here, as he often does, and made a great 3-0n-2 read with a mid-air bounce pass that led to a dunk for Brandon Rush. Green made a split-decision read on Rush’s cut, because Jarrett Jack didn’t want to step off of Stephen Curry.
Yeah, it’s John Wall again. This time Wall recognized an advantage offense situation in transition and used the pass to beat the defense. It really was a great passing series overall that started with a great save by Otto Porter. The ball never touched the ground, and when it got into Wall’s hands, he instantly noticed that Garrett Temple had Evan Fournier beat up the floor. A perfect thread-the-needle bounce pass led to a dunk for Temple.