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Offence
5-out creating gaps


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This outline complements Blog Posts - 5-Out Motion, 5-Out Dribble Penetration, and see Offence - 5-out youth motion.

1) Delayed Fill Cuts
2) Progressions

A goal on offence should be to create and exploit gaps for dribble penetration. Gaps are created by spacing and cutting. Conventional 5-out spacing (1-2-2) is all single gaps, so cuts are needed to create bigger gaps, especially basket cuts (give and go) and back cuts.

To maintain a gap, players away from the ball hold their spacing for a two-count and react to a drive or fill empty spots if there is no drive. Fill cuts (and some exit cuts) are delayed.

As a progression, cutters always keep going to the opposite corner, instead of sometimes coming back out the same side.

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1) Delayed Fill Cuts

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On a pass to 2, 1 basket cuts and clears to the weakside corner, or optionally just cuts directly to the corner to create space.

4 does not immediately fill behind, as 2 needs time to look for the cutter and then possibly drive behind the cutter.

1's cut creates a double gap for 2.

Lason Perkins - when replacing the cutter, wait until the ballhandler is done looking at the cutter.

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By holding (delaying a fill cut), 4 creates a double gap for 2 to attack middle.

How 4 reacts to a drive depends on the offence, e.g. backcut, push or rotate behind.

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4 fills the top after a two-count (or if 2 passes to 5, see below).

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2 cuts and clears on a pass to the corner, 4 holds out top, creating another double gap, this time for 5.

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4 fills the wing after a two-count.

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c)

2 passes to 4 out top, cuts to the basket, pauses to read 4 (and can post up).

5 holds in the corner, creating a double gap for 4.

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2 exit cuts opposite a drive right (or left) by 4.

See Offence - Dribble-drive outline.

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On a pass to 3, 4 basket cuts, 5 fills the wing, 2 exit cuts, 3 has a double gap to attack middle.

5 will fill the top after a two-count if there is no dribble or pass.

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If there is no drive or pass to 3 after a two-count, 5 fills the wing and 2 exits to the corner (a late exit cut).

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d)

3 backcuts to the rim if overplayed (or just to create space for 4), pauses to read 4.

1 holds in the corner, creating a double gap for 4.

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3 exits opposite if 4 drives from the top.

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Otherwise 1 fills the wing after a two-count and 3 exits to the corner.

See c) above.

See Layups - Open-post motion.up

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2) Progressions

a)

2 passes to 4 and basket cuts, reads 4, and keeps going to the opposite corner on a pass to 3.

This avoids having 2 and 4 cut to the same corner, and can create a bigger gap for 3, with 2 (and X2) behind the ball instead of in front.

3 could balance the floor by dribbling to the point (Hal Wissel).

See Tactics - Dribble-drive quick-swing (Swing-quick).

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b)

2 passes to 4 and cuts directly to the opposite corner (a corner cut).

See Offence - 5-out dribble-drive motion, also Mark Cascio - Drive and Space Offence.

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c)

Also corner cut on a backcut.

See Offence - 5-out dribble-attack motion.

Gregg Popovich - if denied anywhere on the court, go backdoor and continue in the direction you were going.up

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