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Late Game Situations – Flare Plays

One trend I have noticed over the last year(s) is many coaches, NBA especially, are moving towards flare screens to get the “go-to” guy moving away from the ball during late game situations. I think this is a great strategy as the majority of your defenses will be loaded to the ball on help side preventing the simple catch & shoot. However, I do not recommend putting in this strategy for your high school or youth teams and here is why:

  1. NBA and College players are bigger and more experienced and will go after and meet the ball. Most young players do not meet passes and thus will result in a turnover or deflection.
  2. In my short time in coaching, I have yet to experience young players who can consistently throw perfect skip/flare passes (especially out of bounds) while landing on time and on target.

Below is a sideline out of bounds play similar to one the Boston Celtics ran earlier in the season that incorporates the above discussion.



Boston Celtics Zipper Flare – Need Play

This play from the Boston Celtics is one you can run sideline out of bounds with a short clock in need of a 2 or 3 situation.


1987 Boston Celtics Elbow Curl

Last night the 1987 NBA Finals were on between the LA Lakers and Boston Celtics. The Celtics ran this action during the 3rd quarter to get Danny Ainge a quick score.


Boston Celtics Elbow 14 from @Coaching_U

Now LA Clippers Assistant Coach Kevin Eastman drew up this play at the inaugural Coaching U Live event several years back. This is an excellent backscreen play to get your PG into a dribble hand-off where the defense is forces to help in multiple situations.


Boston Celtics Thump Up Power Need 3

The Boston Celtics ran this Half-Court Set several years ago to set up a pick & roll throwback for a Need 3.