Elbow Pass, Slip Screen & Score

Work the ball around the perimeter, preach unselfishness and watch this play culminate in a perfect slip screen and score at the basket

WHY USE IT
Teams tend to overplay the perimeter when the initial action is in that area – take advantage by slipping a weak-side screen and create an easy scoring opportunity.

SET UP
The ball is on the left sideline with players positioned at each elbow, one on the strong-side post and another in the far corner.

HOW TO PLAY
The player in the post runs high off a screen from the elbow player. The inbound pass is made [1]. The ball handler dribbles right. The player in the corner comes to the top of the set off a screen from the right-elbow player. The ball handler stops, reverses and passes to the top, then continues through to the wing [2]. The right elbow then flashes high and catches a pass. The passer cuts to the opposite side off a screen from the left elbow.

When the defense overplays high, the screener slips the screen, sprints toward the hoop, catches the pass and scores uncontested [3].

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TECHNIQUE
The Spurs run this play beautifully. Sometimes, the left elbow doesn’t even have to set the final screen before slipping it if you notice the defense always cheating toward the perimeter.