Heat Defending Spurs STS With X-Action

The Spurs use Screen the Screener action in transition quite often, and it works really well. Here are some examples:

The way the Heat defended this action is by using the X-Out defensive tactic. Here is how they defended it in Game 1:

The Spurs start the action with Kawhi Leonard setting the inital screen on Duncan & Wade guarding the weak side Ginobili.

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With the X-Action, Wade will switch off onto Leanord, and LeBron will swap onto Ginobili, I LOVE this defensive action.

This creates a false passing lane for a skip pass that LeBron can have a lane to run through for a steal.

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The Spurs only ran this action twice, maybe because the Heat defended it so well.

Here Kawhi starts the STS with another screen on Duncan.

 

 

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When the Heat X-Out again on this play, Wade is actually really late to recover on Kawhi leaving him open.

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Although Kawhi doesn’t take advantage of this mistake and actually goes into the help and Wade strips him for a LeBron dunk.

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Hope you enjoyed this breakdown if you have any requests please let me know @HalfCourtHoops!

Coach Pyper

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