1) 10 or fewer turnovers.
2) Limit "the big play"...lob dunks, your missed dunk, no technicals....anything that ignites the crowd.
3) Play even on the boards, meaning a -5 or level count(i.e. if your turnover count is lower than the opponent's, than the board game doesn't have to be even or better).
4) Promote a cause, meaning that every team should have a theme(e.g.
"HIGH HANDS, HIGH HOPES").
5) Field goal percentage tells the story: we are above 48% and they are below 40%.
6) Easy baskets are vital: we want them and we don't give them.
There are four types:
b) uncontested shots
c) free throws
d) offensive rebounds
7) Stop the known! All teams have tendencies and best players. We must not let them do what they do best and with whom.
8) Love the road and the road will love you back. This is an opportunity for the team to inch ever closer, embrace the challenge, and be the underdog.
9) Listen for the silence.
Every game has a tipping point, which means the crowd goes quiet as they realize their team is losing, about to lose, or has lost.
This is a golden opportunity to call a timeout and draw attention to that moment and give them 2 or 3 reasons "why" this happened.
10) Win the deflection game. This is a running hustle chart that documents such things as the 50/50 ball, hands on balls, take aways: it validates your team's effort!
The road is where all championships are ultimately won. Instead of worrying about the unknown demon, turn the psychological table to your favor: make the unknown your friend.....