Special Situations: SLOB into Half Court Offense

Updated: May 27

Talking through my approach to Sideline Out of Bounds scenarios and ways to flow directly into Half Court create actions.


My general approach to Sideline Out of Bounds opportunities is to get the ball inbounded safely and then flow directly into our main offensive action. In most cases, a SLOB possession means that we have already used a portion of the shot clock. Since we are using a 30-second shot clock in Massachusetts we don't want to waste much time in trying to create an advantage. Where the create action we flow into might change a bit from year to year my emphasis on getting the ball inbounded simply and safely has stayed the same.


Inbounding from the sideline can be tricky, and the one thing we do not want in these scenarios is turnovers. Turnovers on Sideline out of Bounds are especially bad because they almost always lead to easy fast-break baskets for our opponents. With that in mind, we want to use our spacing wisely and create easy decisions for our inbounder and our screener/cutter combination. There are endless options that coaches can use to get the ball inbounded, but we find that a simple cross-screen at the top of the key gives us enough spacing to receive the basketball and also counter any denial-based defense. In this post, we are going to look at the three different ways that we can flow directly into half-court offense from Sideline Out of Bounds.


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DHO, Gap Drives -

We have used Dribble Drive Motion concepts like creating double gaps quite a bit over the past three years. Give what we said in the introduction about wanting to get into a create action quickly we wanting to get the inbounded safely, move people, and then open up that gap to attack right away. We felt as though a simple cross-screen and DHO to the inbounder combination could do this fairly simply.


DHO, Double Gap Drive -

Alignment:

We typically placing two wing players in each of the corners for spacing purposes.


At about lane line width we are setting up a simple cross-screen between our 5 and 1.


DHO:

On most occasions, the cross-screen is set and the 1 man is coming to receive the entry pass.

  • 5 Man Rolls to the Rim

After making the inbounds pass the 3 cuts over the basketball and receives the DHO.


Attack:

At this point, there is a solid Double Gap at the elbow area for the ball handler to attack. Once that attack is made we are relying on our Dribble Drive principles to take over and get a good shot from there.



DHO, Fan Action -

Alignment:

Just as before we are typically placing two wing players in each of the corners for spacing purposes.


At about lane line width we are setting up a simple cross-screen between our 5 and 1.


DHO:

After the inbounds pass is made we are getting an over cut and DHO to the inbounder. To set up the Fan Action we are dribbling over the slot in preparation for a slot to slot pass.


Fan Action:

Our Dribble Drive Concepts call for the player who makes the slot to slot pass to follow it with a 45 cut to the ball side corner. We typically call this a Blur Screen. If we call out "Fan" then the passer makes a cut to the backside corner and pushes the corner player though. This now opens up a double gap at the elbow for the basketball to attack. This is a nice adjustment if teams are switching the Blur Screen well.