The two man game is an essential part to the offensive success of a basketball team at the professional level. It relies heavily on proper spacing in the half court set and using combinations of screens, cuts, and handoffs with two players on one side of the floor. The key to being a great two man offensive attack team is for the two players to be able to read and react off of what each other do with the ball in relation to the reaction of the defense. The defense will always give you something. It is the job of the offensive players to find and take advantage of what the defense gives them, so proper footwork and technique need to be engrained in the player's being and executed with no thought whatsoever. The two players can set screens, do handoffs, pass and cut, switch, and then combo off of any of these plays.
It is important that the player who is setting the screen stays low and balanced and sets the screen with their legs out wide. It is the job of the person who is getting screened to set thier defender up by taking the defender slightly below the screener and then making sure to literally brush shoulders as they dribble off of the screener. Lastly, the change of speed is critical, so that by setting the speed and tempo to slower pace before the screen arrives, you are able to switch the gears to a faster speed quicker as the dribbler comes out of the blocks like a track sprinter as soon as they hit the shoulder of their screener. No matter if it is an on the ball screen, a pass and cut, or a pass and handoff, the setup and the technique is all the same. Remember that as the offensive player with the ball it is your job to attack and force the defense to commit to stopping you before anything else. Check out this pro basketball instructional on the two man game and remember to keep checking back for more right here on ProAthlete360.com!
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