Article courtesy of Breakthrough Basketball
Author: Kevin Germany
[This is part 2 of a 2-part series. Read part 1, Miami Heat Fast Break Offense]
When the primary break options are not available, the Heat shift to a 5 out set. The 5 out secondary break flows directly from their primary break. The trail moves to the top of the key in order to balance the floor.
Keep in mind that any player can play any position in this offense. Only run this offense if you have players that can play multiple positions.
These secondary break options do not necessarily require a great deal of player movement. The offense does require your players to read the defense and to understand passing and dribbling angles. Here are five secondary break options that I have seen the Heat run in games.
Option #1: Swing the ball until there is an open driving lane
This play against the Detroit Pistons is a perfect example of how they move the ball in this offense. The ball is swung until it goes to Norris Cole in the left corner.
Once Cole receives the pass, he recognizes that he has an open lane so he attacks the basket immediately.
Cole’s penetration causes LeBron to react to the defense by cutting to the basket. Dwyane Wade also cuts to the basket in case Cole does not see LeBron cutting to the basket. The play results in LeBron making a layup.
Option #2: Trail sets a ball screen
Everybody else spreads out on the perimeter in order to give the play a lot of room to operate. The screener can either roll to the basket or pop at the three-point line. If the defense contains penetration, shooters will be open at the three-point line.
Option #3: Strong side wing posts up
Miami often likes to have the strong side wing post up while the player bringing the ball up dribbles towards the wing’s initial spot. The trail moves to the strong side in order to balance the floor. You can exploit mismatches from this option if you have wings that can post up.
Option #4: Side pick-and-roll
This play is all about spacing and timing. The pass is made to the strong side corner. Then, the passer cuts to the weak side corner. Everybody else moves a position in order to properly space the court. The point guard moves to the weak side corner in order to give misdirection to the play.
The trail sets a screen on the ball as soon as the entire right side is cleared out. The dribbler has several options in this play. A jump shot is available if the defense sags off. A driving lane is available if the defense does not switch the screen. If the defense overplays the dribbler, the screener will be open for either a cut to the basket or a jump shot.
Option #5: Pass to trail then screen away
Another option Miami likes to run is to pass and screen away. The play starts with the trail receiving the ball at the top of the key.
Once the trail receives the pass, the two wings look to set down screens for the players in the corner. This play requires reading the defense. If the defenders sag off, a quick pop to the wing will yield an open jump shot. A driving lane will likely be available if the defense tries to close out on the shot.
If the defenders overplay the screen, a curl to the basket will yield a potential driving opportunity.
If the defense switches the screen, the screener can quickly slip the screen to receive a pass towards the basket.
Each of these secondary break options is easy to learn yet difficult to master. Breakthrough Basketball’s DVD titled “Don Kelbick’s Transition Offense and the Four-Second Fast Break” is the best way to help you teach your players how to run effective secondary break options such as the Heat run. The DVD will explain how to flow into your offensive sets from your primary fast break, making your offense far more efficient and dangerous.