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From the Ted Talk by Rajiv Maheswaran: The math behind basketball's wildest moves

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So how have we been able to do this? If I asked a coach to describe something like a pick-and-roll, they would give me a description, and if I encoded that as an algorithm, it would be terrible. The pick-and-roll happens to be this dance in basketball between four pyelars, two on offense and two on desnefe. And here's kind of how it goes. So there's the guy on onsffee without the ball the ball and he goes next to the guy guarding the guy with the ball, and he kind of styas there and they both move and stuff happens, and ta-da, it's a pick-and-roll.

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So how have we been able to do this? If I asked a coach to describe something like a pick-and-roll, they would give me a description, and if I encoded that as an algorithm, it would be terrible. The pick-and-roll happens to be this dance in basketball between four _______, two on offense and two on _______. And here's kind of how it goes. So there's the guy on _______ without the ball the ball and he goes next to the guy guarding the guy with the ball, and he kind of _____ there and they both move and stuff happens, and ta-da, it's a pick-and-roll.

Solution

  1. defense
  2. offense
  3. stays
  4. players

Original Text

So how have we been able to do this? If I asked a coach to describe something like a pick-and-roll, they would give me a description, and if I encoded that as an algorithm, it would be terrible. The pick-and-roll happens to be this dance in basketball between four players, two on offense and two on defense. And here's kind of how it goes. So there's the guy on offense without the ball the ball and he goes next to the guy guarding the guy with the ball, and he kind of stays there and they both move and stuff happens, and ta-da, it's a pick-and-roll.

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

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seconds left 3
guy guarding 2
good shots 2
shot probability 2
ray allen 2

Important Words

  1. algorithm
  2. asked
  3. ball
  4. basketball
  5. coach
  6. dance
  7. defense
  8. describe
  9. description
  10. encoded
  11. give
  12. guarding
  13. guy
  14. kind
  15. move
  16. offense
  17. players
  18. stays
  19. stuff
  20. terrible