Gaining a Defensive Advantage in BLOB Situations
We mentioned in the last episode teams have a defensive advantage when the ball is out of bounds on the baseline.
- The inbounder can’t dribble or score. It is about being in good position, defending cuts and screens.
- The backboard defends part of the court, part of the court is difficult to pass to
- It is 4 on 5. You have an extra defender because you don’t have to guard the ball.
What are the different ways to take advantage of the extra defender?
- Ball Pressure. Impact their vision. Make it hard for them to see open players.
- Inside the inbounder. Parallel to the side trying to force strong side pass & protect the basket.
- Outside the inbounder. Take away strong side pass and trust defense at the rim.
- Double Team the other team’s best player. Make someone else beat you.
- Help & Tag. Stay or Switch.
- On ball in a zone.
- Off ball in a zone.
Why do so many teams lose this advantage?
- Players don’t know how to defend when the ball is below them.
- Teams need to spend more time practicing these situations.
- Teams need competitive ways to practice them.
- Players don’t know what they are supposed to do. They just know they aren’t supposed to give up a layup.