This is a great sideline out of bounds play to run to get a quality shot, even if it is an end of clock situation. It is not a very complex basketball play, but it works well because there is spacing, and the ability to read and exploit the defense. As soon as the ball comes into play, there is going to be a single pin down screen on the far side of the court. Because of the proper spacing, there is not going to be any help defense.
That means that it will be up to the defense to decide how they are going to guard the pin down screen, and they will usually have to give up something. That means that it is up to the offense to be able to read the defense, and then exploit them. This video clip of the play gives some great ways that you can make the defense pay for how they choose to guard the down screen action.
Play Name: Golden State: SLOB Zipper Single Pin Down Basketball Play (13-14)
Play Goal: Put the defense in a difficult situation where they must guard a pin down action out on an island without any help defense.
Play Tips: The offense must maintain good spacing so that the off-ball defenders are not able to slide over and help on the pin down action. The player setting the screen needs to set a good quality screen and then react, don’t screen and stand. The player using the pin down screen needs to read their defender, and then make the correct cut. It is also key that the passer reads the defense and makes the correct pass to the open player. Don’t be a robot.