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Offence
Break 1


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Ian MacKinnon

Break exploits offensive match-ups on the perimeter and inside (with 5). The corner is the perimeter match-up spot. Get into high-low continuity after the initial action, see Offence - High-low.

With Break 1, trailer 4 ballscreens on a wing-entry pass to either side. Also see Break 2 and Break 3.

1) Ball reversal

1 passes to 4 and exchanges with 2 (except if 1 is the perimeter match-up), 4 passes to 3 and follows to pick and roll, 5 comes high weakside.

Get the perimeter match-up to the weakside top on the ballscreen so he can get to the match-up spot on ball reversal.

(Variation - 1 screens away for 2, 4 can ballscreen for 3 or stagger screen with 1)

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If the ball is reversed to 1, get into high-low offence.

2 would cut to the weakside corner if he is the perimeter match-up.

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2) Pass to ballside wing

1 passes to the ballside wing and cuts opposite to the corner (or pushes 3 to the corner if 1 is the match-up), 4 follows to pick and roll, 5 comes high.

1 can dribble at 2 for a dribble exchange, 4 ballscreens on a hand-off (pistol down), see denial options below.

S
ee Fast breaks - Florida 2006 and Versoix (Quick).
 
Tennessee playbook, play call #4 - 1 dribble exchanges with 2, ballside 5 backscreens for 1, 2 passes to 4

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If defenders switch on the ballscreen, 2 pulls the dribble back out to the wing and 5 gets to high-low, or go 1-4 low if 2 has a mismatch against X4.

See Tactics - Using sidescreens (Dave Smart).

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3) Options

a) Power

4 picks and pops, 5 crosses the lane to flex screen for 4, who flex cuts on a pass from 3 to 2.

Option - against a switching defence, 1 dives and screens for 4.

Argentina flex ballscreen - 5 flex screens for 2, who then backscreens for 4.

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b) Flarescreen

4 ballscreens for 3 then flarescreens on a pass to 2.

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c) Slip

A read (X4 hard hedges), or random. 4 slips a ballscreen, 5 comes high then ballscreens.

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d) Double slip

A call. 4 comes back out high after slipping a ballscreen, 5 also slips a ballscreen and goes low to get into high-low.

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e) Little-to-big ballscreen

3 and 4 exchange positions to start, 3 ballscreens for 4.

If defenders switch, 4 looks to pass then post inside.

Variation - from a regular set 4 dribble clears 3 then 1 ballscreens for 4, see Denials below.

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4) Denial options

4 is denied.

a) Dive

1 dribbles at X4, 4 backcuts (dives), 1 passes to 3 and spaces away (or exchanges with 2), 5 ballscreens.

Option - 4 can just backcut on his own if denied.

See Slip above, and Double slip.

Variation - Dive-post - 4 dives and posts up, 5 comes high then ballscreens if 3 does not pass.

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3 is denied.

a) Backcut

3 backcuts (the post is open) and comes back to the wing if there is no pass.

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b) Dribble-at

4 dribbles at X3 for a hand-off to 3 if X3 sags off to defend a backcut, otherwise 3 backcuts.

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c) Dribble-at ballscreen (special)

4 dribbles at X3, 3 backcuts and clears, then 1 ballscreens for 4, see Little-to-big ballscreen above.

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2 is denied.

a) Backscreen-rescreen

2 is denied, 5 backscreens then re-screens.

Option - 2 just cuts to the block, 5 forward pivots to screen for 2 coming back out to the wing.

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b) Dribble-clear

2 is denied, 1 dribbles at X2, 2 clears weakside, 4 ballscreens for 1 (2 and 1 exchange roles).

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c) Dribble hand-off

1 hands off to 2 and clears, 4 ballscreens for 2 (see pistol down, above).

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Option - after the hand-off the ball is reversed from 2 to 4 to 3 and 4 follows his pass to ballscreen for 3 (1 fills behind the ballscreen).

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d) Dribble-loop

2 is denied, 1 dribbles at him, 2 loops up to the guard spot using 5 (zipper cut).

For zipper reads, see Horns - Zipper, Zipper fist.

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On a pass to 2, look to swing it to 3 for a ballscreen.

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