Prada's Pictures

Picture breakdowns of the NBA, by Mike Prada.

What happened to LeBron?

LeBron James' bad Game 3 was no accident. We examine the Spurs' air-tight defensive scheme that caused LeBron to think instead of act.

How THE BLOCK happened


A play as awesome as LeBron James' swat on Tiago Splitter merits a full breakdown. How did LeBron get in position to make the play of the playoffs?

How the Spurs beat the traps


The San Antonio Spurs committed just four turnovers against a Miami Heat defense that loves to force them. How did the Spurs navigate Miami's traps so well? We explain.

The NBA's toughest riddle


Tony Parker has become impossible to stop, possessing all the tools and the creativity to prevent a team from keying in on a tendency. Good luck, Miami.


Miami's revived pick-and-roll defense

The Miami Heat's pick-and-roll defense was awful for six games against the Pacers. In Game 7, Miami rediscovered its magic, devoted itself to stronger defensive rotations and stopped Indiana's most...

LeBron 2.0


LeBron James said he "went back to his Cleveland days" to lead Miami to a Game 5 win over Indiana, but a look at second-half film shows just how much he's evolved since then.

How the Pacers stopped LeBron


Why did LeBron James fail in Game 2 when he succeeded in Game 1? Because the Pacers took the lessons from a botched coverage in Game 1 and rose to the challenge.

Would Hibbert have stopped LeBron?

The Pacers lost on a layup at the buzzer with Roy Hibbert on the bench. But Miami just designed an amazing play, and Paul George botched his coverage.

Memphis' encouraging adjustment


While the Memphis Grizzlies lost Game 2 to the San Antonio Spurs Tuesday, they may have discovered an adjustment that could help propel them back into the series.

Those sneaky Spurs


How did the San Antonio Spurs shred the elite Memphis Grizzlies' defense? By running pick and rolls in a way that the Grizzlies could never anticipate what was coming.

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