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Sunday, April 14, 2019

The NBA On US Sports Net Featuring: THUNDER vs TRAIL BLAZERS | Damian Lillard Takes Over in the 4th | Game 1 Presented by Timex


Damian Lillard totaled a game-high 30 points (9-21 FG, 5-11 3pt FG), to go with 4 assists for the Trail Blazers in the victory. Russell Westbrook passed Oscar Robertson and tied Wilt Chamberlain for the 6th-most triple-doubles in NBA Playoffs history as he registered his 9th career playoff triple-double, finishing with 24 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists for the Thunder in a 104-99 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers in Game 1 of this best-of-7 series. With this triple-double, Westbrook has passed Oscar Robertson and tied Wilt Chamberlain for the 6th-most triple-doubles in NBA Playoffs history. With the win, the Trail Blazers take a 1-0 series lead with Game 2 set to take place on Tuesday, April 16th at 10:30 p.m. ET on TNT.

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Basketball Pattern Runs/Metabolic Conditioning

Sean Hayes-Assistant Director of Strength and Conditioning for Olympic Sports at the University of Georgia.
Strength and conditioning professionals are always looking for new ideas and ways to be creative in their program design while emphasizing sport specific drills. I was looking through some of my old conditioning workouts and came across my basketball pattern runs/metabolic conditioning. Since Pre-season basketball is upon us and every program, from high school to college, is getting ready for the upcoming season to start, I thought that this was a good time to share them with everyone. Now, before I go any further, I can not take credit for the original concept for these pattern runs. I just adapted them to best fit what my goals were for the teams I was working with at the time. 
Just so we are all on the same page, I will call them pattern runs throughout this explanation. These pattern runs are set up with specific yardage with basketball specific movements to help prepare the athlete for the upcoming season. It is very important to stress to the athlete to perform each movement in the sequence to the finest of detail. I am a big believer in that the athlete must be able to perform the movement with excellent technique as fast as possible, while keeping control of their body while in motion. 
This is a quick overview on how to perform the pattern runs and to read each sequence with the best work to rest ratio. Sequence one and two the work to rest ratio is 1:1 and has lower total yardage then sequence three and four which has a work to rest ratio of 1:2. The number at the end of each pattern represents the total number of yards for that movement. 
I am a big fan of team work and communication on the court. With that said, here is how I would use the patterns with a team. Split your players up into pairs and provide a copy of the pattern runs for each group. This is a great opportunity to work on team communication due to the fact that they need to read off each sequence to their teammate while there are six or seven other groups running at the same time. By having them communicate with each other while fatigued in a loud and chaotic environment, we are creating a way to simulate a game-day situation. I have always positioned myself at mid court during this type of conditioning to provide encouragement and coaching as well as controlling the rest periods. 
Basketball Pattern Runs

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