Welcome to a new column on NBA Down Under entitled 'Behind The Play'. Every week we will pick an amazing play and dissect it right down to its bare roots from the setup, strategy through to the execution. Here is the first episode and if you have a request for the next 'Behind The Play' please leave a comment below.
The SituationMarcus Thornton of the Sacramento Kings has just made a layup to give his team the lead with 4.1 seconds remaining. The Utah Jazz have had a solid game on offense and Al Jefferson has been their main scoring option with a team leading 24 points. The good news for the Jazz is that they only need a 2 and not a 3 to win the game. Therefore there main goal out of this timeout should be to get some penetration towards the rim or setting up one of their bigs. If you're Sacramento trying to play defence you're probably thinking that they're going to feed Al Jefferson or Paul Millsap in the paint- so their primary goal is to deny these guys the ball. Normally the Jazz would have Josh Howard inbounding the ball but with his recent season ending injury they've given the job to their rookie Alec Burks. The point guard in the paint here Devin Harris will set a screen for Paul Millsap so he can be a secondary receiver if the play breaks down.
Gordon Hayward on the 3 point line will run around Jefferson to set another pick for Harris, this should provide him with enough space to receive the ball around the 3 point line. Jefferson will retreat down into the key.
Devin Harris has caught the ball on the fly and will now head towards the rim with a step on his defender. This forces DeMarcus Cousins; the only true rebounding defensive stopper to leave Al Jefferson and contest Harris.
Now that the double team has arrived Jefferson is the only man in the paint, ready to receive a pass or catch a rebound. Harris does not believe he can make the pass and throws the ball up for the rim knowing if he misses Al Jefferson can clean it up and put it in.
All the other Jazz players collapse into the paint to improve the chances of grabbing an offensive rebound.