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1-2-2 match-up situations
4-out 1-in


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1
See 1-2-2 vs 2-1-2.

Three defenders cover the three low attackers, two defenders cover 1 and 4.

The 1-2-2 becomes almost a 2-3 zone, X2 or X3 will cover a low attacker, and X4 or X5 will guard post 5.

With X1 on the ball the zone has a 1-2-2 shape. Here the ball is brought up on the defensive right, so

- X1 takes the ball
- X2 matches up with 4
- X4 has 2
- X3 has 3 (a low attacker)
- X5 has 5.

Hoop Tactics - X5 takes and stays with 5.

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2
If 1 brings the ball up on the defensive left,

- X1 takes the ball
- X2 has 2 (a low attacker)
- X4 has 5
- X3 has 4
- X5 has 3.

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3
a)

X2 closes out on a pass to 2, X1 covers the high post.

See Pistons 1-2-2 - one defender on the ball, four close to the paint.

Trap option - X1 follows the pass to trap with X2, X3 takes away a return pass to 1, X5 rotates to cover the high post.

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4
X5 may be ballside if helping on the low post (e.g. if X4 is fronting or playing on the baseline side), then X3 may have to take a skip pass to 3.

X4 can help on a baseline drive.

See Defence - 3-2 Foster.

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5
b)

X1 also covers the high post on a pass to 4.

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6
Match-ups are the same.

Trapping option - X1 traps with X3, X2 takes away a return pass to 1, leave open a skip pass.

Hoop Tactics - X5 stays with 5, X4 would take 3.

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On a pass to 3, X3 can deny a return pass or follow to trap with X5 (for a "red" trap, X1 takes away a return pass to 4, X2 rotates to cover the high post).

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