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New South Wales open-post motion


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That's a Foul, March 2008

Open-post motion can be played 4-out 1-in or 5-out. An open post assists with spacing for cutting and penetration, and allows players to cut into the lane/post area rather than play with their back to the basket.

Spacing is high and wide. There are four "windows" for an entry pass, the wings and elbows. Wing players must get open early with v-cuts and backcuts.

On any pass towards the basket, cut and replace. Cutting on the back of a cutter is effective (double cut, shown). Cut to score, focus on the ball, the passer sees the help. Finish all cuts at the arc. Cutting is a key element of team offence and must be taught before screening, which should complement cutting.

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On any reversal pass, replace cut (shown) or up screen to move the defence.

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Elbow entry

2 backcuts, hits the elbow for a pass, then 5 runs a hard backcut. If there is no pass to 5, 1 can cut off the high post for a hand-off.

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Pinch post entry

The ball is passed to a player who has flashed to the elbow from the weakside post.

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Post slice

On the pass to 4, 5 cuts hard down into the post, 1 spaces away.

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4 dribbles up, 1 cuts and interchanges with 2 (or 2 upscreens for 1).

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The ball is reversed to 1, who drives to create opportunities for receivers.

The other players must move on a dribble drive with a view to catch and score.

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