Out of the Timeout: A corner 3 for Richard Jefferson
In our Out of the Timeout series this week, we look at a play the San Antonio Spurs ran in the fourth quarter of their 124-121 overtime win against the Houston Rockets on Saturday night.
This play starts out with DeJuan Blair (4) throwing the ball in to Tony Parker (1) and both players going up court. Many times, the big man who threw the ball in stays up near the top of the key at the beginning of the play. But in this instance, Blair goes all the way to the low block.
As Blair makes his way down low, Tim Duncan (5) moves up from the other block towards the top of the key to set a pick on Tony Parker’s defender. As Duncan sets up to pick Parker’s man, Ish Smith, Smith changes his angle to take on Duncan. Recognizing this, Tony Parker dribbles away from Duncan’s pick.
After a couple of dribbles to his left, Parker crosses over and comes back towards Duncan, this time with a more pick-friendly Smith. After setting the pick, Duncan rolls to the basket. As this is going on DeJuan Blair casually tries to get in a position between Richard Jefferson (3) and the man guarding him.
While Parker dribbles off Duncan’s pick, Blair sets a screen on Jefferson’s man, Shane Battier, who is watching the Parker and Duncan pick-and-roll. Coming off the pick, Parker fires a pass to the opposite corner for Jefferson. Who catches it and knocks down the shot.