Sideline Play - Celtics Handoff

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This is a great sideline out of bounds play used by the Boston Celtics that has multiple options to keep the defense guessing.

I found this play on Raul Jimenez's blog.


1 - Good ball handler decision maker.

2 - Good outside shooter.

3 - Makes reads off of the pick and roll.

4 - Able to finish near the hoop.

5 - Screener for pick and roll.


  • 3 is the inbounder
  • 4 screens for 1
  • 1 comes off the screen to get the ball on the wing.
  • 4 pauses for a brief second, then clears to the other side.
  • Fake Handoff Option:
  • 1 fakes the hand off to player 3 and attacks the hoop.
  • Pick and Roll/Pop Option:
  • 1 hands the ball off to 3.
  • 5 sets a pick for 3.
  • 3 & 5 run the pick and roll or pick and pop.
  • 1 clears to the wing as a passing option.

Additional Comments:

Before running the fake handoff option, it helps to run the play all of the way through a couple of times. The defense will start to cheat towards the handoff which will open a clear lane for the drive by 1.


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Larry says:
10/26/2011 at 6:33:21 PM

this play looks good.I''ll try it and we''ll see how it goes. like they said it''s easy to get back on defense and it is set up for a good shot


RJ says:
10/22/2009 at 9:05:47 AM

this play is a good play for my team because our opponents alwasys seem to never bite incase i kick it to the open man in the corner and i score 8 out of 10 times we run the play


gopro02 says:
8/24/2009 at 1:37:00 PM

This play should be a good one. But if you run it more than once the defenders guarding 4 & 2 will lay off and protect the basket, cutting off the option of the cutter.

If this happens make the 3 set a screen for the 2 and have them pop out for a shot!

Great play otherwise.


Kenny Robinson says:
7/1/2009 at 10:10:35 PM

I like. I like!! This is a pretty cool play. It looks easy to run. Plus, like Bill said, you have players in position to get back on defense. This is pretty cool. I will add this to my SLOB plays. Thanks so much.


Bill Wagner says:
6/26/2009 at 3:12:13 PM

This play looks very promising. Especially if you have the personnel to run the play effectfully. I also like the fact that you have players in position to get back in defensive transition if the shot is missed.


mark says:
6/25/2009 at 4:36:11 AM

im a playing coach and my team used this play.. we do always had easy score whenever we used this.. i like this play..


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