Two Blade Options To Create Easy Basketball Scoring Opportunities

After the defense sees the Blade a few times, work in some wrinkles to take advantage of the open lanes created for easy basketball scoring opportunities

WHY USE THIS BASKETBALL SCORING PLAY
If the defense knows what’s coming, it’s easier to stop. By adding a couple of easy movements off the base offense, the defense remains on its heels and your players start understanding how to read the defense to take advantage of weak spots.

SET UP
The Blade always is run from the 3-out, 2-in look. The initial pass goes to the wing, which is a signal for the two players who are one pass away from the ball to screen away. In the second option (Diagrams 2-3), have the point guard hold up a fist to indicate a double screen is coming.

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HOW TO PLAY
Diagram 1 shows the curl orslip option instead of running off the screen and coming to the top. The Blade keeps the offense spread, so if the defense cheats to the top thinking the wing simply is replacing the point guard, it creates a lane for a curl cut or slip to the hoop. Diagrams 2 and 3 show the progression of running a double screen and utilizing dribble penetration to create three opportunities for open shots.Issue2_2_2

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Don’t have players jump too soon to the new movements. Let the defense believe it’s still seeing the basic Blade and watch the lanes open.