The ‘Cut off the Flash’ sideline inbounds play is a good play you can use to get an easy layup.
Having a player cut off the player that is flashing toward the inbounder creates an opening because the flash defender is defending the pass and not prepared to help on the cut. The cutter’s defender will get hung up on the screen.
When the official hands the ball to O1, O4 flashes as though he is going to receive the pass from O1.
As O4 is flashing to the ball, O2 sets up his defender by taking a couple of steps toward O3 (as though he is going to set a screen for O3). O2 then plants and cuts hard in front of O4, using him as a screen.
O1 passes to O2 for a dribble and shot.
Note: If O2’s defender trails through the screen, the layup should be wide open. Potentially X4 and X5 could be of help and if that is the case, O4 and O5 should cut toward the basket for a pass from O2.
If O2’s defender goes around the screen to cut off the drive, O2 should still be open for a pull-up jump shot.