This play by Richard Pitino is a great misdirection set. It really tries to test the defensive team on the backside of the flare screen coverage. If the flare screen support is too much, defenders will be late on ball screen support. This became a money play with Minnesota down the stretch. The big that sets the ball screen can also slip it. If the defensive team stunts at the ball screen too hard, it is best to have a best shooter (3) on the strong side of the ball screen (the player who just came off the flare).
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4 pin downs for the 3
2 clears the side out
1 hits 3
3 DHO's with 1
3 continues on after DHO to run off 5's flare screen.
The hope here is to have X5 either switch the flare screen or tag it. If those things happen, the ball screen support on the defensive side of the ball will be late.
5 continues after setting flare screen right into ball screen. It can also be very effective to slip this ball screen at times.
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