This last second sideline out of bounds basketball play was run by the Minnesota Timberwolves in a game against the Los Angeles Clippers on January 20, 2012. In a tie game with 1.5 seconds left, Kevin Love hit the 3-pointer to win the game.
Here is video of the play so you can see it executed to perfection. The play is diagrammed below the video.
As you can see from the clip above, Kevin Love got a wide open look to win the game. The initial cutter can be an option for a layup but the point of the cut is to gain the attention of the defenders at the free throw line. As they think of possibly needing to help on the cutter, they aren’t prepared for the doublescreen that opens up the shooter.
When the official hands the ball to O1, O4 curls around the three players on the free throw line. If open, O1 can make the inbounds pass to O4.
The next part of this play is the main option. After O4 clears, O2 and O5 step up and screen O3’s defender. O3 steps back and outside the three-point line to receive the pass from O1 for the quick shot.
You might not be coaching an NBA team, but do you think your team can utilize this play? If you’ve attempted this play, let us know how it worked in the comments below.
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