Sunday, January 11, 2009

Off ball screens' defense: switch

A new basketball year starts. I'll post today about a defensive situation I've watched in the Russian Promo Cup in the final game between CSKA and Khimki.

Khimki is the new team of Sergio Scariolo, former headcoach from Unicaja Malaga, Real Madrid and TAU in the Spanish ACB, which is a good reason to start following that league closely.

What we are watching today is a baseline situation and the way Khimki play defense against CSKA's off ball screen.

Erazem Lorbek sets the screen for J.R.Holden, who is defended by Anton Ponkrashov. Ponkrashov, first, changes his feet position in order to deny the middle of the court and force Holden towards the baseline (where the defensive situation follows). Then Ponkrashov and Mc Carty switch. CSKA can't give the main pass they are looking for and have to look for Zisis far from the basket.

Let's take a look at the images.

No comments: