We’re starting to see and notice a trend with Jamal Murray. He struggles early in the game, really for most of the first half and then explodes during the second half. Now, that’s not necessarily an awful thing, but a trend that should be broken by now.
The real question is what is there to do in order to get Murray into the flow of the game earlier? Obviously, the easy answer is just to say get him a couple of open looks, but you know it’s not that simple. First thing I would do is let him bring the ball up the court a couple of possessions, just so he can feel the ball in his hands. Sometimes this is the biggest thing a shooter needs, just to get comfortable with the game.
Secondly, let him run an isolation play once. Clear out a side and iso Murray on the wing. Let him get into the high paint and shoot one of his famous off balance jumpers. Let him gauge how he can beat his defender and what sort of shot selection he can get right off the bat. Finally, run a designed play for him to get a three. We saw this broken down before, with Murray running off a high screen on the left wing, before another screen on the right side post, freeing him up for a three.