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 are gonna help on the cutter, or stay with the post player on the block. If they help on the cut then the big man can duck in, and get a deep post catch. However, if they don’t help then 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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The ideal situation when running a flex play is to either have the cutter or the screener end up with a deep catch at the basket. However, the only way that this has a chance of happening is if there is a hard cut, and also a good screen. Without this, the defense is able to easily navigate the play and render it ineffective.
Another thing that is going to 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 it is your job to make sure that your players understand these different reads.
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This Golden State flex offense play is going to allow the post player to get a deep catch right at the basket, and hopefully end in finish or foul.
This flex offense 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.