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San Antonio Spurs Floppy X Punch

The San Antonio Spurs ran this offensive play to start Game 3 of the 2014 NBA Finals. The timing and patient cutting¬†of the Spurs’ offense is what made this play so effective.

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Florida Gators 1 Baseline Double #MarchMadness

Frequenting their baseline series all game, Florida head coach Billy Donovan ran this tweak to the set adding in a double side pick & roll. This line-up for Florida is extremely versatile because they essentially have three point guards on the floor, one being 6’8″ (4) Dorian Finney-Smith, in addition to (2) Hill and 1 (Wilbekin).

As 1 (Wilbekin) came off the double pick & roll he had multiple options of attack:

1. Attack the rim or pull-up
2. Drop down pass to Young (5) rolling.
3. 2 and 3 spotting up on the weak side wing
4. Throwback to versatile (4) Finney-Smith who can catch & shoot or attack the rim

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Mark Gottfried 5 Loop Post Action

Mark Gottfried frequented this half-court offense set while the head coach at the University of Alabama. The main reason this play was so successful was because Gottfried had a 5 man in 6’9″ 255 lb Richard Hendrix. Hendrix was a force inside and almost impossible to move off the block. Once you got sealed, it was an automatic two points.

If X3 tried chasing this screen, 3 occasionally would be open for a lay-up.

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Rhody Exchange Up

The last Rhody play for this weak creates more movement amongst the bigs and results in a middle pick & roll. As 4 uses the screen from 5, 1 should look at 4 for a second as he could be open. However, that is a tough passing angle so more than likely 1 will keep it. (If you want to feed 4, 1 should quickly advance to 3 for a wing post feed).

By having 5 set a screen for a player to the rim the goal is to get X5 to help momentarily and cause him to be late on the pick & roll. As a result, you will have three options of a attack:

1.  1 attacking the rim
2. 1 throwing back to 5 at the free-throw line for a jumper
3. X2 helps on penetration and kick to 2 for a shot

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Rhody Triple

This Rhody play is one of my favorites as it incorporates a ton of movement to put the defense in compromising positions. In Frame 2, as 3 starts attacking the rim, the triple stagger will occupy most (if not all) of the weak side defense as they become concerned with guarding the stagger screen. If 3 cannot get to the rim, look to throwback to 2, or 4/5 slipping to the rim after setting their screens.

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