Perhaps their most effective action, Chicago is taken straight from the Triangle offense to get a dynamic offensive player getting straight to the rim with space. In this case, that dynamic player is Kayla McBride, who is one of the premier scorers in the world. Statistically speaking, McBride ranks in the top 20 in the following categories:
With a player as explosive as McBride, The Aces play at a constant advantage when she is moving downhill or coming off screens. Utilizing the Chicago action allows her to do both - come off a lateral screen from a post player and to take a handoff from another with space to her right (strong hand) to attack the rim.
On occasion, McBride or Tamera Young will reject the Chicago screen, which can lead to either a double stagger for them toward the rim or the screener popping, making a one more pass to the corner player for a shot/drive decision on the closing defender.
Finally, the Aces run a quick hitter to get into this same action, disguising the entry with an Iverson Cut by McBride, a pindown for Wilson, and finally the Chicago action. By running this "false" action prior to the action they actually want, they add an element of confusion for the defense, who now must contend with multiple screens prior to the scouted screens.
Las Vegas Aces XsOs Breakdown Series:
Occasionally, the 2 player will be at the block looking for a rip screen entry with 4. In this situation, the rip turns into a double stagger for the 3 player who slides under the basket for a direct pass from 5 for a layup.
Iverson Pindown Chicago Quick Hitter
3 Iverson cuts over 2 and 4.
2 pins down for 5 who replaces at the elbow.
1 enters the ball to 5 and cuts through the lane to the weak side corner
3 receives the Chicago screen and explodes to take the DHO from 5.
3 plays the advantage off the handoff.
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