Your point guard takes care of the ball reversal with the dribble as the shooter moves across the lane, then back again to end in the left corner for an open 3-pointer. MORE
Celtics’ late-game 3-pointer
From Brad Stevens’ Boston Celtics’ playbook
The Celtics used this play to create a late-game 3-pointer on a side out-of-bounds set by throwing over the top to draw attention, then toss back to the perimeter in second-level action.
Why use it
A low screen sent the center to the weak side for a long pass. This normally would be the first option but the Celtics ran a perimeter screen to bring a shooter toward the pass and set up an open 3-pointer late in a recent game vs. Minnesota.
Your point guard has the ball on the side. 4 starts on the opposite wing. 2, 5 and 3 align on the ball side near the baseline.
How to play
2 breaks from the short corner to the perimeter on the ball side. 3 faces the ball and sets a screen. 5 begins running off 3’s screen and away from the ball . 3 holds the screen to free 5. 5 moves toward the short corner on the opposite side. 4 runs toward the top of the set and screens for 2. 2 runs off 4’s left shoulder to the right-side wing. 1 throws a pass over the top to 5 . 5 catches the pass and kicks out a pass to 2 who is curling toward the ball and into a shot. 1, 3 and 5 crash the boards .
A lot of attention is focused on 5 because that’s where the initial pass is going. But, with 9.5 seconds on the clock, the Celtics determined using an extra second or two was worth creating this open 3-pointer rather than having 5 shoot on the catch.
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