With just under 10 minutes left in the first half of Tuesday's game, Kansas center Joel Embiid had the ball, single teamed on the left block.
Duke's Jabari Parker rotated over to double, but it was a marshmallow double team, one that's as soft as they come. Parker didn't trap. He didn't close in or close out on Embiid. Instead, he came in lackadaisically with two hands raised as if he were just strolling by for an awkward stop-and-chat to whisper, "Hello" and then continue his stroll.
When a defender comes over for a double like that, it has to be a hard double. Otherwise, you're basically freeing up the paint with the defender, who is supposed
to be doubling, guarding no one. That's what happened to Parker when he drifted off Embiid after about a half a second of faux double teaming. With his hands by his side, he shaded back toward the paint, but didn't retreat far enough. He didn't commit to t You've reached the end of our free article preview.
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