‘Diamond’ Cuts Through Pressure

This press breaker looks for the long ball first, then settles into a multitude of options with 3 players coming toward the ball

WHY USE IT
This press breaker works well against a denial, man, fullcourt defense and is a good set when a late-game basket is needed against pressure.

SET UP
The point guard takes the ball out of bounds. The best free-throw shooter is located at the weak elbow.

HOW TO PLAY
The player farthest from the ball sets a backscreen for the center, who is closest to the ball. If the defense is fronting, the center can break free toward the other end of the court [1]. The initial screener now sets a staggered screen with the ball-side elbow for the far-side-elbow player. That player curls around the staggered screen and catches the pass as the screeners roll to the ball [2]. The ball handler looks to either screener, both of which are breaking up the court at an angle toward the ball. The point guard is the safety option. If open, the ball handler simply dribbles up the court [3].

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TECHNIQUE
With both screeners rolling toward the ball, the point guard has several solid options for inbounding the ball even if the first two (as diagrammed) aren’t open. Keep the point guard back as a safety.