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Flex specials


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1) Flex cut and clear

a) Hold

Post isolation. 1 passes to 4, 2 flex cuts using 5 and keeps going, 5 ducks in.

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4 looks inside for 5 or passes to 1 who can pass directly to 5 or dribble down if X5 comes over the top.

Option (shown) - 3 and 4 stagger screen for 2 on a pass to 1.

See Fast breaks - Larry Brown, Old Dominion, Offence - Maryland flex, Flex variations, and Oregon University.

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b) Fist

1 slides away, 5 ducks in then continues to ballscreen for 4.

Fist is an option in Flex Hold if 4 has no pass.

See Maryland flex.

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c) European play #7

The ball is reversed from 1 to 3, 2 flex cuts and keeps going, 5 picks and rolls.

See Offence - European (play 7).

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d) Phoenix Suns 1 Twist
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2 flex cuts on ball reversal to 3 then clears, 4 screens away for 1.



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4 twists to set a ballscreen for 1.

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2) Rip

2 backscreens for 4

See Offences - Hubie Brown triangle, Nets, Flex variations.

1 passes to 4 who passes to 3, 2 flex cuts then backscreens for 4, 5 comes high as 4 cuts to the basket.

(Rip-get option - 4 sprints into a pick and roll with 3, 2 clears to the weakside corner)

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5 picks and rolls on a pass to 2.

Variations - 4 and 5 stay low,

- 2 goes one-on-one from the top (Hubie Brown)
- 4 cross-screens for 5 on a pass to 2 (see North Carolina fast break).

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Kickback option

If 4 passes back to 1 (e.g., 3 is denied), look for a lob pass off the backscreen.

5 will again ballscreen on a pass to 2 out top.

See Larry Brown, North Carolina.

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3) Argentina ballscreen

2 flex cuts on the pass to 4, who swings it to 3 and follows to pick and pop, 2 backscreens for 4 then pops out to the wing.

See Argentina flex offence.

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Regular flex cut

4) New Jersey Nets series (see Nets offence).

1 passes to 4, 2 flex cuts using 5, then 4 passes to 3.
 
coachesclipboard.ca - flex duck-in - to get the ball inside on a flex cut, the cutter goes low forcing X5 to help momentarily, 5 ducks in right in front of X5 (drop step towards the ball with his top foot then quickly slide in front). On a pass from 4, 5 should go back in the direction he came from (drop step with the foot furthest from the passer), there shouldn't be any back-side defenders to help.
 
Ian MacKinnon - if 2 goes under the screen, 5 should duck in.
 
Lawrence Frank - if 2 goes low and X2 stays attached (chases), 5 ducks into the dots.
 
Hubie Brown - if X2 goes ballside, 5 will duck in right behind him (option - 2 can bump and fade back to the corner, 5 readjusts the screen).
 
Don Kelbick - 2 rub cuts over 5, makes contact with X5, making him step back into the lane, 5 ducks in.
 
Bob Huggins - 2 goes over the screen so X5 has to help, 5 ducks in.
 
For reads and options on a flex cut, see Offences - Nets, Hubie Brown triangle, Maryland flex, Kelbick 1-4 high, Huggins open-post, and Shooting - 2-shot flex screens.
 
Other tactics to get the ball inside include curl the post, duck in, backscreen to swim-back, downscreen to post-up, and high-low downscreen, see Quick hitter - Cornell ballscreen, Post play - Duck-in, Tactics - Using backscreens, Using downscreens.

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a) Power

3 passes back to 4, 5 cross-screens for 2, who goes under, 5 ducks into the middle.

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b) Cross

2 cross-screens for 5, 4 downscreens for 2.

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Cross-fist - 4 comes back out to pick and roll on a pass to 2 out top, 1 and 3 go down to the corners, 5 replaces if 4 rolls.

See Fast breaks - Memphis, Serbia U18.

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c) Cross-get

5 ballscreens for 3, 4 goes to the weakside low post, 2 comes out to the weakside slot, 1 spaces away.

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5) Pitt series

Based on the Pitt quick hitter.

1 passes to 4, 2 flex cuts using 5.

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a) Back

4 passes to 3, 2 backscreens for 5, 1 and 4 stagger screen for 2.

Old Dominion - 5 re-screens for 2 then posts ballside.

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b) Panther

5 and 1 stagger screen for 2 (4 doesn't pass to 3).

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6) Slice

See Tactics - Lawrence Frank ballscreens.

The ball is reversed to 3, 2 can use the flex screen by 5 or a stagger screen by 1 and 4. 1 goes opposite 2.

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3 passes to 1 and pins down for 2, who can use a stagger screen by 5 and 4 (3 pops back out) or use the single screen, then 3 uses the stagger screen.

See Offence - Izzo quick strikes (Flip).

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7) Xavier

See goxavier.com (newsletter #5, 2010-11).

2 flex cuts on the pass to 4.

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4 passes back to 1, 3 and 4 stagger screen for 2, who acts like he is going to use the stagger then cuts off a screen from 5. 3 uses 4's screen.

Option - if 2 uses the stagger screen, 3 cuts baseline using 5, see Offence - Oregon University.

Also see Maryland flex (Hold), Fast breaks - Old Dominion (Twenty cut), Hold above, Quick hitters - Ohio State.
 
Ian MacKinnon - Florida - 5 flex screens for 2 then re-screens on a pass to 1, 3 and 4 don't screen. If defenders switch on the flex cut, 2 keeps going, 1 dribbles to the wing looking to feed 5 posting a mismatch (see Hold above).

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