Two-Man Game Without Screens

Give and Go

Diagram 1. Give and Go: 1 passes to 2 faking a cut in 2’s direction to move his own defender. As defender #1 moves, offensive player 1 pushes off his right foot around defender #1 cutting directly toward the basket. Offensive player 2 returns the pass.

Reverse Cut (Backdoor)

Diagram 2. Reverse Cut (Backdoor): Offensive player 1 has the ball and teammate 2 is on the sideline. Offensive player 2 steps toward teammate 1 with his right foot. As his foot is coming down, teammate 1 fakes the pass. 2’s defender moves out, 2 pushes off his right foot, takes a short step with his left foot, crosses long with the right foot and takes a pass behind his defender.

Inside Cut

Diagram 3. Inside Cut: Offensive player 2 fakes toward the basket, stepping with his left foot getting his defender’s attention. Offensive 2 pushes off his left foot, takes a short step with the right foot and a long step with the left foot cutting inside his defender taking a pass from his teammate.


Diagram 4. Alley-Oop
Diagram 4. Alley-Oop: Offensive player 2 is being guarded by defender #2. Player 2 is in the low-post position facing his teammate 1. His defender, facing player 2 and his arms up cannot see the ball. Offensive player 2 must dummy his defender into thinking he is not going to receive the ball. He must remain without expression, making no movements and not looking directly at the ball. Teammate passes the high toward the rim. Player 2 must move quickly, catching and shooting the ball all in one motion.

Dummy Play Out of Bounds (Argentina)

Diagram 5. Dummy Play Out of Bounds (Argentina): This is a dandy out-of-bounds play for a big man being guarded by a much smaller opponent.

V-Cut and Inside Hand-off

Diagram 6. Making a V-cut to the ball, Receiving an inside hand-off: (A) – Making a V-cut to get the ball begins with a fake toward the basket and a push-off with the far foot back toward the ball thus freeing oneself for the ball. This is fhe basic method that any potential pass receiver must use from any location on the court in order to free himself from a close guarding defender.(B) – Any time an offensive player can cut inside his defender and receive a pass within 15 feet of the basket, he is in excellent shooting position and should be given the ball.

Inside Screen

Diagram 8. Inside Screen: Offensive player 1 has passed to teammate 2 and has moved into position between 2’s defender and the basket. The diagram shows him setting an inside screen.

Inside Hand-off

Diagram 9. Inside Hand Off: Player 1 has passed to teammate 2 and moved between player 2 and his defender. His teammate gives him an inside hand off and player 1 dribble drives to the basket. Player 1 should alway signal his intention for an inside hand off, perhaps nodding his head as he passes the ball to teammate 2.

Strong-side Cut

Diagram 7. Strong-side Cut: (A) This play may be made at the strong side forward to strong side guard or it may be made to a forward on the weak side when the ball is in the possession of a guard on the opposite side if the key area is open as in (B).