Today's Quote:"Basketball is like war in that offensive weapons are developed first, and it always takes a while for the defense to catch up." - Red Auerbach
Today's Theme: the Horns Set and Plays
The Horns set is widely used at all levels - NBA/WNBA, collegiate, and high school. The basic set (below) has both post players lifted up near the 3-point arc (the "horns"), with the point guard on top and two shooters deep in the corners. This allows for good spacing, and takes the defense's big shot blockers away from the hoop. Screening, cutting, dribble-drive, pick and roll, etc are all options. You get shots for your best shooters, and your best post player. Horns works well from transition, and is easy to get into right off an inbounds situation.
Diagram R. Starting in the Horns set, both posts O4 and O5 down-screen for the guards O2 and O3. The guards read their defenders and either cut over the screen, curl inside (defender trailing), or fade outside (defender goes under the screen). In diagram R, O2 curls around the screen inside as the X2 defender is trailing around the screen. O3's defender (X3) goes under the screen, so O3 fades to the outside for a 3-point shot.
The screeners O4 and O5 also have to read the defenders. In diagram S, the X5 defender jumps out and denies O3's cut over the screen. O5 reads this switch and slips the screen, cutting to the hoop for the pass from O1, and the lay-up.
Diagram T. Here the guards O2 and O3 cross underneath, and cut around the screens from the post players O5 and O4. It's important for the post players to set their screens "up the lane and off the lane" at a good angle for the cutters, and also so that either O4 or O5 can slip the screen for the inside pass. O1 could pass to either cutter O2 or O3, or to either post player slipping inside.
This play is for your post player O5. Starting in the Horns set (diagram PP8), O1 dribbles toward the right sideline. O5 down-screens for O3, and O3 cuts to the top and gets the pass from O1. Meanwhile O2 and O4 move inside, and then set a double screen for O5 (diagram PP9). O3 dribbles left for a better passing angle and passes to O5 cutting under the inside double screen.
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