The pin down screen action for this backdoor basketball play is simply a diversion. It gets the defender to think that he/she has guarded the action and makes them relax. However, as soon as that happens the backdoor cut becomes available, and the defender is taken advantage of for relaxing on defense. Like most basketball plays though the key to this play is timing. As soon as the high post catch is made the cutter needs to cut backdoor.
Play Name: Houston Rockets: High Post Backdoor Basketball Play
Play Goal: Hit the backdoor cutter for a layup or dunk.
Play Tips: Even though you are not going to hit the shooter on the pin down screen you need to sell the action. Make sure that the cutter doesn’t cut back door too soon. Wait until the big man catches the ball at the high post.