Special Situations Plays by Hugo Boisvert
Here are six EOG sideline out of bounds plays that are hard to guard. Being prepared for every situation late in the game is crucial as a coach. For that reason, I have decided to share with you a couple of Special Situations Plays that can be effective when you:
1. Need a 3
Special Situations Plays – Spurs SLOB
On this SLOB, 4 will break to the corner. 1 will set a backscreen for 5 and then flash to the ball. Instead of going to the rim, 5 will set a down screen for 3. On this SLOB, the defense will anticipate the lob to the rim, which will force 3’s defender to help on 5. This will hopefully free up 3 for a good three point look.
Special Situations Plays – Bucks SLOB
Here 4 will look to seal his defender and receive the inbound pass. 2 will receive a flair screen from 5 as 3 dives to the rim to open up the top of the key. This is a misdirection play as 2 will receive a second screen from 5 and come back to the ball. This action works well if the defense decides to sag on a non-shooting 5. *If 4 isn’t open on the seal, it is possible to start this set with a zipper screen from 5 and then he will seal his man to receive the inbound pass.
2. Need a Basket (2 or 3)
Special Situations Plays – Lakers SLOB
On this play, 1 will look to curl to the basket off 4’s backscreen. Obviously 1 is the option if he’s available, but this action is essentially to free up 4. 2 will also use 5 to free himself and flash to the ball as a misdirection. 3 inbounds to 4 and cuts right behind him to receive a hand off. 4 has the option of faking the handoff and taking his man to the rim. This option works particularly well if your inbounder is the player the other team expects you to go to down the stretch.
Special Situations Plays – Warriors SLOB
To begin this SLOB, 5 will do down to the nail and screen for 1. After the ball is inbounded to the point guard, 3 will come off 5 and 4 to receive the ball on the wing. At this point, 3 has the baseline cleared out and can attack the rim. As he drives, 5 can set a hammer screen for 2 drifting to the corner.
3. Need a quick 2 (lob)
Special Situations Plays – Fran Fraschilla SLOB
This play begins in a box formation. 1 will screen for 3 and immediately receive a screen from 5 to fill the strong side corner. After his screen 5 will flash to the inbounder. If the defense wants to deny everything, 3 can take his man high and cut backdoor as the basket area has been cleared out. It is extremely important that 4 takes his man high to start the play in order to create room for the back cut.
Special Situations Plays – Celtics SLOB
On this SLOB 4 will use 5’s backscreen and fill the strong side corner. As 4 hits the paint 3 will set his man up and start to come off 1 as if he was looking to catch the ball outside and immidiatly curl to the rim for the lob. The timing on this play is crucial, 3 cannot go too early or else 4’s defender will be in the way.
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