It may seem like a paradox, but the best basketball plays are ones run infrequently. Try a crazy set with many different movements too many times, and the defense figures it out. You can't have the element of surprise without the defense actually being surprised.
That means you might only see a pet play after it's finished, when your favorite player or biggest enemy is wide open. If you're not ready to see it, you might miss it altogether, just like the other team. These moments become even more important in the NBA Playoffs, when single possessions decide games more often. The pet play your team tries to run in the third quarter may prove decisive.
That's why we're going to take a look at every NBA Playoff team's "pet play." Over the next two days, we'll show you video of each playoff team running that set, break it down for you with pictures, brainstorm ways for the defense to stop it and give more context so you know when it's coming.
Some pet plays have been run only once or twice a game. Some have been run only once or twice a week. Heck, some have been run only once or twice a month. But all of them are trademarks of their respective teams and liable to be used at any time in any playoff game.
Thanks to all the SB Nation team bloggers for helping with this project.