Nahhhh, only like in Episode 1 with like the 1v1v1 bullshit with J O'neal and T-mac is lame on your 1st playthrough......you just have to get lucky oftentimes because your created baller is such a "twig" that he'll fall to the ground 24/7 literally.
For basically every chapter....just do the Act-A-Fool combos.....easiest and cheapest ways to rack up points....and drive past your opponent.....giving them a slimmer chance to block your shots. In all honesty.....I got to the middle of Episode 5 in like about 1.5 hours of gameplay.
Once you learn the Act-A-Fool combo and learn to do Super Steal and such.....it's a breeze. Bottom line though: Midway made such a crappy game, so we have to deal with it.