Behind the Play is back for another breakdown of a game changing/clinching play that has left teams mesmerized. As always if you have a play you would like analysed leave a comment at the bottom of the page.
THE SITUATIONThe Toronto Raptors have put together a 5 point run that has brought them back into the ball game, although they are still behind at 95-90 with 54.5 seconds remaining. The Indiana Pacers have the ball from a timeout and are looking to find a basket that will most likely seal the result and drain any chances of a comeback. On the floor right now for the Pacers is their offensive unit that consists of George Hill, Paul George, Danny Granger, David West and Roy Hibbert. While for the Raptors you have Jose Calderon, Demar Derozan, Amir Johnson, Linas Kleiza and Aaron Gray. Indiana at this stage does not need a 3. Three's at this stage should be a second option as a simple field goal will do as much damage. The goal defensively is to clamp down the stars in Danny Granger and Paul George. They are the go to men in late game situations so guarding them both will be a tough challenge, but one they must overcome to give themselves a chance of winning.
George Hill has the ball and he is letting the shot clock wind down to about 15 seconds before he starts running a play. Now David West at the top of the 3 point line will fake going inside to try and create some seperation between him and his defender, then proceed to set a pick for Hill. Danny Granger will then take West's place at the top of the 3 point line to receieve the ball. Roy Hibbert will run out of the paint towards Granger in anticipation of setting a screen.
After West set the pick for Hill he scurried away down to the far sideline incase an open jumpshot presented itself. West's defender thought he was going to set the pick and not roll away, therefore deciding to gamble by getting into Hill's face. That leaves Jose Calderon with nobody to guard and unaware of where the free man is. Aaron Gray is the only man in the paint for the Raptors and must choose whether to guard Hibbert or West as both are open. For now he stays in the paint, a good choice. With this defensive move Hibbert is by himself at the free throw line. He can move forward and set a pick for Granger or he can go back to the paint and call for the ball as Roy Hibbert does not have a reliable jump shot.
Danny Granger is coming off a screen from Hibbert and he sees open space the play designed him to get so naturally he runs to it. Aaron Gray wants to contest anything Granger will throw up until his original defender arrives back. Amir Johnson stutters running back to David West, forcing Calderon to take it upon himself to box him out incase a shot is thrown up. Hibbert runs into the paint to try and find position for a possible offensive rebound.
With Calderon still in the paint it leaves all 4 Raptors players in the key and only 3 Pacers. Granger has picked up his dribble as he is well guarded by Gray and is looking for the open man. George Hill is off picture, sitting on the 3 point line as the bail option on the play. Ganger hasn't found himself an open shot, it's time to give up the ball.