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Basketball Play - Cleveland Cavaliers - Flip PNR

Cleveland Cavaliers - Flip PNR

Matt Wheeler 05/31/2018

The Cleveland Cavaliers have taken a page out of the playbook from LeBron James' time with the Miami Heat to put him in a situation where he can attack the basket and create out of a ball screen. The pindown screen for 1 and the pass back to James (3) sets 1 up for the flare screen. x5 has to stay back on the flare screen from 5 to protect against a layup from 1. This puts x5 in a drop coverage where he has to contain the ball as James come off the ball screen from 5. 5 rolls to the basket to look for the layup as 4 and 2 provide spacing on the weak side. NBA Finals Preview: Cleveland Cavaliers See More

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Basketball Play - Cleveland Cavaliers - Hawk Stagger

Cleveland Cavaliers - Hawk Stagger

Matt Wheeler 05/31/2018

Cleveland frequently runs this play to get a 3pt shot for JR Smith (2) off of a stagger screen. It is a difficult action for Smith's defender to guard, since he has to navigate his way around 3 screens. This play also puts the ball in LeBron James' hands so he can make the read on how to get the ball to Smith. NBA Finals Preview: Cleveland Cavaliers See More

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Basketball Play - Cleveland Cavaliers - Swing Pin 4

Cleveland Cavaliers - Swing Pin 4

Matt Wheeler 05/31/2018

The Cleveland Cavaliers run this play to close out situation for Kevin Love (4) where he has the option to shoot the three or attack the basket. Once the ball is entered to the wing the Cavs reverse the ball to LeBron James (3) so he can make the decision to pass to Love or create for himself. Once the ball is reversed, 5 cuts to the left side of the lane. This puts him in weak-side rebounding position in case Love shoots the three. 2 sets the pindown screen for 4 so if the defenders switch Love will have a smaller defender to shoot over. If the defense doesn't switch the screen, Love can attack the closeout against a post player and get to the basket. NBA Finals Preview: Cleveland Cavaliers See More

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Basketball Play - Golden State Warriors - Zip Triple Stagger SLOB

Golden State Warriors - Zip Triple Stagger SLOB

Austin Anderson 05/24/2018

This action is the Steph Curry Special. This play is designed to get an open 3 point attempt. If you look at the numbers however, Thompson and Durant can both be put into this situation as well. Curry, Thompson, and Durant all score over 1.0 ppp in scoring opportunities off screens. Curry ranks in the 91st % to lead this trio. All three players score over 48.0% of the time they are put in these situations. Durant leads the trio at 49.6%. NBA Finals Preview: Golden State Warriors Top Plays from Golden State's Championship Run See More

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Basketball Play - Boston Celtics - Wedge Step Up Ball Screen

Boston Celtics - Wedge Step Up Ball Screen

Austin Anderson 05/23/2018

In the NBA, wedge ball screens and step up screens are used frequently. A "wedge" is a simple action designed to create separation running into the ball screen. This action keeps the defense moving and uses both sides of the court. Once the step up occurs, there will be drive/kick opportunities, pick/roll, and pick/pop opportunities. Boston perimeter players are very patient when attacking off ball screens and look to make the right play. FMS Blog: Boston Celtics - Spread Ball Screen Offense See More

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