The shot that sent the NBA’s best regular season game into overtime, came from a welldesigned out-of-bounds play easily added into your playbook.
Why use this out-of-bounds play
- Every team needs a few 3-point options when precious few seconds remain and the ball is being inbounded from the side.
- Form a straight line across the free-throw area.
How to play like Kyrie
- 2, who starts farthest from the ball, breaks to the right and crosses with 3, who moves to the left.
- This crossing action begins the process of forcingdefensive focus away from where the ball will end up .
- 2 and 3 clear to their respective corners pulling defensive attention with them.
- 5 steps toward the top and picks off 1’s defender. 1 pops to the top ready for the pass .
- 4 fires the inbound pass to 1, who catches and shoots the open 3-pointer .
- In the Cleveland/San Antonio game, Kyrie Irving actually took a dribble to the right to create more space.
Here’s a simple diagram for setting up this out-of-bounds play
How to perfect the technique for this out-of-bounds play
- The initial cross is critical as in this example, 3’s defender doesn’t follow him but calls out for help moving to the opposite corner.
- Also, 5’s defender steps low as 2 moves to the corner, whichkeeps him too far from the final action.
- Once 1’s defender is screened, no one is available to close out on 1’s shot.