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Press breaks
Hammer & breaker


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1
Chris Harney

Hammer

Against a 1-2-1-1 that is face-guarding.

5 takes two steps into the backcourt then releases to the block. 4 is the fastest, most-athletic player, he steps between the legs of his defender then releases to the sideline, foul-line extended. At the same time 1 and 2 walk their defenders up about two steps to the first markers, then 2 steps towards the ball, 3 sells a pass to 2.

2 and 5 are not really involved.

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2
3 passes to 4, who brings the ball high and forward pivots on his inside foot to square up. On the pass to 4, 1 steps into his defender and releases upcourt.

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3
If 4 is denied he goes long, 1 screens across for 2 then opens to the ball, and will be open.

On a pass to 1, get into Breaker (see below).

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4
Breaker

If the defence isn't face-guarding, 1 goes to get the ball, 4 and 5 go upcourt to the hash marks, 2 goes wide, 3 stays in the middle as safety valve.

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5
5 flashes middle, 2 releases up the sideline.

If 1 passes back to the 3, the middle of the floor is a good position to be a ballhandler.

Against a man-to-man press, 3 clears out on the inbounds pass to 1.

Use Breaker against a 2-2-1 or 1-2-2 press.

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