In the 2011 playoffs, the Celtics ran this play to get Ray Allen a wide-open, game-winning 3-point shot.
Here’s how it works:
Ray Allen sets the ball screen for Paul Pierce, causing Allen’s man to hesitate slightly to keep Pierce from turning the corner. Then Allen sprints off a Kevin Garnett flare screen and ends up wide open on the opposite wing.
Now, here’s what that same play looked like with Dwyane Wade and LeBron James substituted for Pierce and Garnett, respectively. The Heat ran this last night at the end of the first half, and it worked perfectly.
Look at all the space Wade has as attacks the rim. After James damn near breaks Kobe Bryant’s ribs on the screen, he flows to the rim. Wade can hit Allen, who is just chilling in the corner because Jamison is trying to help on Wade, or get an even more high-percentage look by just dropping the ball off to James, who finishes with two hands.
Mike D’Antoni, who coached that 2011 Knicks team, has probably seen enough of this play for one coaching lifetime.