That’s been one of the big lessons in the NBA this year. Sure, Utah got a lot of mileage out of trying to guide ball handlers to Rudy Gobert all year but that’s reaching it’s limits as a strategy against the three-point hunting Houston Rockets. And yes, a few teams won round one series by trapping ball handlers, but that tactic is going to dry up in the second round against the offenses that survived in round one.
In an era where stopping the three point shot is everything, you have to be able to switch and deny open looks to shooters.
Similarly, in football you can’t allow a team to just kill you with a bad matchup in the passing game. Teams need to become more matchup resilient, which is one of many reasons for the increase in nickel and dime packages. Read more about it at Football Study Hall.