NBA Daily X&O Recap for Coaches: Trail Blazers at Lakers - Create and Open Shot with this Inbound Play

Written by: Chris Hungerford

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Hollywood baby!!! Ask anyone, but it is never easy to play with all time grates! LeBron on the court is maybe the best player the game has ever seen but it is really hard to live up to his expectations. I don`t mind the slow start, every Bron`s team had it, but from my standpoint as a coach it will be hard to find a modus of how this team is supposed to be good. In the 15 years that we spent watching James play, there are really two ways that you can build a team around him: either surround him with elite shooters or the players that are elite in something...I don`t see either of the two.


Raptors beat the Lakers last night 121 -107, and the most interesting part was the fact that Leonard was not playing. For us coaches, there was this particular play that caught my eye.

Screens  for guards/wings

As we can all see, the starting setup is with one big on the low post position on the ball side, and on that same side we have a wing player who is standing on 45° spot. On the other side, we have a big man slightly above the elbow and we have a guard/wing standing on the opposite 45° spot. Both of the big man are making a screen for the other two players.


Options of the play

The action starts when the both of the big man are making screens for the other two players. The guard on the ball side is continuing his movement towards the basket (option 1) and if he doesn`t receive the ball he will resume running towards the weak side corner. The guard that starts his movement from the weak side will receive the first screen on the elbow or a bit above it. The second screen will come from the big man on the ball side and the whole idea is to create an open shot opportunity on the ball side.  


Open space created by the play

If everything goes according to plan, there will be a lot of space for your shooters (red circle).


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Introduction:

In this insightful analysis, we turn our attention to the recent showdown between the Portland Trail Blazers and the Los Angeles Lakers, focusing on a pivotal aspect of the game: executing effective inbound plays. Coaches understand that a well-crafted inbound play can be the key to creating high-percentage scoring opportunities. In this matchup, both teams showcased their prowess in this area, unveiling plays designed to produce open shots. In this recap, we will dissect one such play, providing coaches with a valuable addition to their playbook arsenal.

Body:

The Trail Blazers' Strategic Play Design:

Portland's approach to inbound plays demonstrated a keen understanding of spacing and player movement. Their play design effectively utilized off-ball screens and misdirection, creating confusion among the Lakers' defenders. This strategic use of movement allowed the Trail Blazers to free up a shooter in a prime scoring position, giving them a high-percentage shot opportunity.

Lakers' Defensive Response:

The Lakers, known for their defensive prowess, faced a formidable challenge in defending the Trail Blazers' inbound play. Despite their efforts, the precise execution and intelligent design of the play proved difficult to thwart. The Blazers' players moved with purpose and timing, exploiting defensive gaps and creating the open shot opportunity.

Key Takeaways for Coaches:

  1. Emphasize Player Movement: Design inbound plays that incorporate off-ball movement, utilizing screens and cuts to create confusion among defenders.

  2. Utilize Misdirection: Incorporate elements of misdirection to keep defenders guessing and open up space for your shooters.

  3. Practice Timing and Execution: Ensure that players understand the importance of precise timing and execution in executing inbound plays. A well-timed cut or screen can be the difference between an open shot and a contested attempt.

Conclusion:

The Trail Blazers vs. Lakers matchup provided a masterclass in inbound play execution. Coaches keen on adding a potent weapon to their playbook will find inspiration in the strategic design employed by Portland. By emphasizing player movement, incorporating misdirection, and drilling precise timing and execution, coaches can equip their teams with the tools needed to create open shot opportunities in crucial moments. This valuable addition to a team's offensive repertoire can prove to be a game-changer in tight contests. The Trail Blazers vs. Lakers matchup provided a masterclass in inbound play execution. Coaches keen on adding a potent weapon to their playbook will find inspiration in the strategic design employed by Portland. By emphasizing player movement, incorporating misdirection, and drilling precise timing and execution, coaches can equip their teams with the tools needed to create open shot opportunities in crucial moments. This valuable addition to a team's offensive repertoire can prove to be a game-changer in tight contests. The Trail Blazers vs. Lakers matchup provided a masterclass in inbound play execution. Coaches keen on adding a potent weapon to their playbook will find inspiration in the strategic design employed by Portland. By emphasizing player movement, incorporating misdirection, and drilling precise timing and execution, coaches can equip their teams with the tools needed to create open shot opportunities in crucial moments. This valuable addition to a team's offensive repertoire can prove to be a game-changer in tight contests. The Trail Blazers vs. Lakers matchup provided a masterclass in inbound play execution. Coaches keen on adding a potent weapon to their playbook will find inspiration in the strategic design employed by Portland. By emphasizing player movement, incorporating misdirection, and drilling precise timing and execution, coaches can equip their teams with the tools needed to create open shot opportunities in crucial moments. This valuable addition to a team's offensive repertoire can prove to be a game-changer in tight contests. The Trail Blazers vs. Lakers matchup provided a masterclass in inbound play execution. Coaches keen on adding a potent weapon to their playbook will find inspiration in the strategic design employed by Portland. By emphasizing player movement, incorporating misdirection, and drilling precise timing and execution, coaches can equip their teams with the tools needed to create open shot opportunities in crucial moments. This valuable addition to a team's offensive repertoire can prove to be a game-changer in tight contests. The Trail Blazers vs. Lakers matchup provided a masterclass in inbound play execution. Coaches keen on adding a potent weapon to their playbook will find inspiration in the strategic design employed by Portland. By emphasizing player movement, incorporating misdirection, and drilling precise timing and execution, coaches can equip their teams with the tools needed to create open shot opportunities in crucial moments. This valuable addition to a team's offensive repertoire can prove to be a game-changer in tight contests.

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