Last night in their win over Oklahoma State, the Memphis Tigers ran this post iso action in the 2nd half. One small piece of this play that is very popular is sending the post passer through to the weak side. Many coaches keep their post passer strong side and this allows for an easy dig or double down which disturbs the post isolation.
This is a play the Thunder ran two years ago in the Western Conference Playoffs versus the Memphis Grizzlies. 5 (Ibaka) screened Kevin Durant into a side pick & roll with Westbrook. Using your best player to set pick & rolls with one of the best point guards in the league is extremely hard to guard. If Durant’s man helps on Westbrook that leaves KD wide open for a throwback catch & shoot. If X5 is forced to rotated out to cover Durant then the defense will be forced to sink in to guard 5 (Ibaka) and leave open a shooter in the corner.
As 1 brings the ball downcourt, 5 screens
Durant into a side pick & roll. 5 rolls to the
opposite block and KD pops to the wing.