Oklahoma bolstered its defensive line Sunday by picking up a commitment from Notre Dame graduate transfer Jay Hayes.
Hayes started all 13 games for the Irish last season. He finished with 27 tackles, three tackles for loss, one sack and one fumble recovery.
“That’s big,” Snyder adds. “That’s a huge point, being square, because that’s why that’s a threat.”
THE NEXT CLIP features another instance of Mitchell coming off a great screen by Gobert and getting in the lane, this time blowing by Guerschon Yabusele for an easy layup.
“This is really good by Rudy,” Snyder says. “Especially when they’re up on you like that, Jaylen Brown’s got no chance. Right? And Yabusele has no chance.”
Snyder rewinds to show Yabusele jab his right foot toward Mitchell as the rookie hesitates.
“And all you’ve got to do is get him f—ing leaning a little bit, especially because all these guys now are trained to jab, to fake at you. Look at that.
“Look where Jaylen Brown’s at once you get the ball back from Joe,” Bryant says. “He’s loading up ready to help on the drive. You’re the threat.
“This is what James Harden’s really good at. He’ll see the shift, and before he even comes off the pick-and-roll, it’s a quick swing. So as you’re playing, Rudy may come up and set a pick-and-roll, but it may be a situation where we swing it real quick, and then we have an advantage.”
AFTER GOBERT ENGULFS Brown with a screen at the top of the arc, Mitchell gets Boston big man Aron Baynes to bite on the possibility that he’ll pull the trigger on a 3, setting up an easy blow-by into the teeth of the Celtics’ defense. Jayson Tatum grabs Mitchell instead of giving up the easy dunk or layup.
“So why was this open?” Bryant asks. “Why did he foul you right here?”
Mitchell: “Because I hesitated and got back into it.”
Bryant’s eyes light up as he nods his head, proud that his prize pupil has gotten the message. Mitchell has the gift of rare explosiveness, but he can’t make the most of it if he drives only 100 mph and misses some billboards, as Bryant puts it.
“Exactly. You changed speeds, right? So the threat of you being able to shoot that shot brings him up,” Bryant says, clapping his hands.
“Now he comes up toward you. It’s the same clips we watched yesterday morning [on Damian Lillard]. Now he comes up. Now you attack.”
Snyder adds his two cents in support of Bryant’s point of emphasis.