Explain One Play Glossary
- pick (or screen): To stand in the way of a defender.
- pop: After setting a pick, run to open space, ready to catch a pass to shoot.
- roll: After setting a pick, run towards the basket
- slip (the screen): Begin to set a pick, but roll or pop early
- drive: move towards the basket with the ball
- cut: move without the ball
- dive: cut to the basket
- kick out: pass to the perimeter from the paint.
Kinds of Screens
- back: screen for a player to cut to the basket
- down: screen for a player cutting away from the baseline
- flare: screen for a player to pop out for a jumper.
- ram (pre-screen): screen for a player who then sets a screen.
- dribble-pitch: dribble towards a player and hand the ball off while setting a screen for them.
- drag: a high screen set early in offense as the screener arrives
- switch: When a defender is screened, they switch assignments to the screener, and the screener’s defender guards their previous assignment.
- trap/blitz/double: Two players closely guard one.
- goalie/shadow/overload: A secondary defender is positioned to backup a player’s primary defender.
- show, hedge: a screener’s defender jumps out to slow the ballhandler, then recovers to their assignment
- go over a screen: go around the screen on the side farther from the basket (so the ball is open to drive rather than shoot)
- go under a screen: go around the screen on the side closer to the basket (so the ball is open to shoot rather than drive)
- close out: get close to a shooter to intimidate the shot.
- high/low: Closer to the baseline is “low”, farther from the basket is “high”
- weak/strong side: The side of the court with the ball is the strong side, the other side is the weak side.
- Floppy: Ball at the top, a screen is set at each side of the lane, 1+ shooters starts under basket and curl around a screen. More.
- HORNS: Two bigs at elbows, two smalls at corners, ball up high. More.
- High HORNS: Like HORNS, but two bigs set screens above the free throw circle.
- Motion Strong pick-and-roll: Ball goes from right to the top. The top dribble-pitches away to the left, then backtracks quickly cross-court to screen for the original handler. (example)
- Motion Weak Zipper: Explain One Play: Durant and Thompson (finally) execute to close out Blazers
- Split cuts, dive-pop: Passer holds ball in post or up high. Two players converge, then one pops out to the arc, one dives to the basket.