Sideline Inbounds Plays

This play is from the September Arizona Basketball Coaching Newsletter.

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The first play was diagrammed by Denis Godlevskiy from a play run by Doc Rivers when he was with the Celtics.

The second play was diagrammed by Coach Alan Peel.

Diagrams created with FastDraw

Boston Celtics SLOB



1 starts in the ballside corner and comes to the NBA slot off a screen from 4. (Obviously #4 needs to screen the defender guarding #1. It might be on the other side than the diagram shows.)

1 receives the inbounds pass.

3 cuts through to the opposite corner.





5 pins down for 2.

2 sets screen for ball handler & pops out,








On pop out action 4 sets flare screen for 2 & rolls to to the basket

1 can use quick pass for the 2 or hit 4 who rolls to the basket






Portland SLOB



The play begins with #5 setting a back screen for #2.

After #2 clears, #5 will then set a back screen for #4.

The options for the inbounds passer (#3) are #2 and #4 in that order.







If the lob passes are not open, #2 will clear to the help-side corner and #4 will clear to the ball-side corner.

From here, #5 will turn and set a down screen for #1 who comes and catches between the circles.

If the defense switches, #3 will throw the inbounds pass to #5 who steps back to the ball.

As soon as the ball is inbounded, #3 will fill the corner on his side.




When #1 catches, he will use a middle ball screen set by #5 and go away from the side on which the ball was inbounded.

As soon as #1 clears the ball screen, #5 will roll to the basket and #3 will fill the slot on his side to maintain defensive balance.

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