Pitt 3-out 2-in
1 passes to 2 and cuts weakside behind the defence, 3 replaces 1 but not exactly the same spot. 4 flashes directly to the ball looking for a catch then face (baseline pivot), 5 moves out to the short corner. If the defence takes away the high post, the short corner will be open.
On a pass from 2 to 5 (usually a bounce pass), 4 would dive to the other side of the rim.
On a pass to 4 at the high post, 5 would get to the basket, 1 and 3 space weakside. 4 would look for a shot (or 6-inch shot fake), partner 5 inside (or 6-inch pass fake), then an overhead pass to 3 (not back same side).
Perimeter movement creates opportunities for penetration.
3, 4, and 5 rebound every time.
On a pass to 3, he looks for the high post. On the pass to 1, 4 cuts to the short corner, trying to go behind a middle defender, 5 flashes to the high post/elbow area (X-action).
Pitt used to keep 5 down but now wants the high post filled every time.
4 looks to seal a defender on ball reversal.
Get an inside touch (pass or penetration) before shooting against a zone.
The bigs follow the ball on a skip pass, no x-action. 2 cuts as if he had passed the ball.
On a pass from the top, the cutter can optionally go to the ballside corner, 3 fills.
Mike MacKay - 1 cuts to the ballside corner if a bottom defender guards 2, or cuts away if a top defender guards 2, who looks to reverse the ball.
On a pass to 3, 2 cuts to the other wing and 1 replaces. They want to fill the top and the wings (but not exactly). A pass to the corner is for a shot.
- the player who passes up (here 2) is the cutter.
- 1 cuts to the other wing, 2 cuts to the other corner (double cut).
- 2 cuts to the other wing on a pass to the corner, 1 dribbles out.
Mike MacKay - after passing to the corner, it's good to cut weakside if the defence tries to bump. 3 replaces 2.