Playoff series are as much about what happens between games as they are about what happens during the game.
This is where the nuances of a Playoff series are worked out and coaches prove their real value. They adjust and tinker with their game-plans to give their team new ways to put players in the exact right spot to be effective and score. This is the tug and war.
The good coaches know how to run the Xs and Os, but they also know how to play to the emotions of their team... and their opponents.
Phil Jackson was a master of media posturing and and molding the discussion about the game in the media. Everyone says they do not listen to any of this... but it is human nature to at least hear it and process it. If the tactic of playing the media did not work so many coaches would not use it.
Rick Carlisle spent his time before last night's Game Two matchup with the Thunder explaining that he was not trying to posture with the media in renewing complaints about the officiating from l...