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Defending
Push-point slides


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The Drill, April 2006

Defenders should be able to make three defensive slides to keep the ball in front of them, and influence the ball to "push points".

a) from the middle of the floor, get as close to the sideline as possible in 3 slides

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b) slide from the wing to the short corner (facing the sideline)

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c) wing denial - in a closed stance, deny from the block to the sideline in 3 slides

Option - then slide back to the block in denial stance.

Keep the baseline foot (insurance foot) below the line of the cutting player to defend movement towards the basket, "head snap" only if the defender gets an advantage.

Variation - with coach out top, deny a wing attacker out and back

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