Flex basketball plays are normally run when you have a good big man or post player on the block. When the guard comes off the flex cut on the block, it makes the defense decide whether they will help on the cutter or stay with the post player on the block. If they help on the cut, the big man can duck in and get a deep post catch. However, if they don’t help, the cutter can get a catch right in the middle of the paint.
You can also have a wing set the flex screen and then have them run off a down screen or space. The goal is to put the defense in a compromising situation where they have to communicate and will potentially break down and make a mistake.
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When running a flex basketball play, the ideal situation is to either have the cutter or the screener end up with a deep catch at the basket. However, the only way this has a chance of happening is if there is a hard cut and a good screen. Without this, the defense can easily navigate the play and render it ineffective.
Another thing that will start happening is that the defense will start jumping the flex screen and cheating the play. When this happens, the cutter needs to fake a flex cut, allowing the defender to jump into the paint. Then the flex screener on the block will screen in the defender, and the cutter will be open for a short, mid-range jump shot. As a basketball coach, your job is to make sure that your players understand these different reads.
This Golden State flex offense basketball play will allow the post player to get a deep catch right at the basket, and hopefully end in finish or foul.
This flex offense basketball play is going to try to get a deep post catch for big man, or a layup for the cutter coming across on the screen.
This is a great basketball play for a bigger guard that plays well in the post. The down screen curl action will create a deep catch opportunity.