Title: Raptors Tactical: A look at the Raptors’ new end-of-quarter, football-style, ‘tunnel screen’ play
Date: April 3, 2019
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I wrote about a new Raptors play that pulls from the world of football to catch a defense off-guard at the end of quarters.
An NBA basket is about eight yards from the top of the 3-point line, just shy of a first down. With the way the Raptors have been setting up for a special end-of-quarter play on occasion, you’d be forgiven for thinking they’re trying to move the chains. The play “38 Sweep” sounds – and looks – a lot more like one found in football than in basketball.
On Monday, the Raptors called on it to end the third quarter against Orlando. Even without success, it’s easy to see what makes this a pretty interesting potentiality.
Nick Nurse has made a few references to borrowing from football for some of his offensive ideas, and this might be the most shining example yet. Maybe his relationships with Marc Trestman and Sean McVay are to credit if this play winds up getting the Raptors a key basket in the playoffs.