Charlie Bertsch (cbertsch) wrote,
Charlie Bertsch
cbertsch

Defense Is Beautiful

Lots of folks are talking about how ugly UCLA's recent games have been. But a connoisseur of defense, specifically help defense, would have to disagree. I saw this coming, both in the overtime period at Haas Pavilion and the second half of the Pac-10 Tournament championship game. The Bruins are so good at disrupting the flow of their opponents' offense that it seems like a protection spell has been cast over the hoop. What's important to recognize is that the abysmal shooting percentages of Memphis and LSU were more the product of UCLA defense than a failure to perform. I was particularly impressed with last night's handling of Glen Davis, who suddenly looked immature in the face of such adept double-teaming. I wish I'd taped the game so I could watch it today, using slow-motion and freeze frame, and learn some finer points of the defensive art. Oh, and you can talk about how Ben Howland brought a Big East toughness to the Pac-10 all you want, but the fact of the matter is that he grew up in the L.A. area watching John Wooden UCLA teams that wrote the dictionary definition of defensive and offensive discipline. Go Bruins!
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