The San Antonio Spurs' "Gate" Set - Play For Aggressive Man To Man Defenses

By Kevin Germany

Here is a classic San Antonio Spurs play that is particularly effective against a man-to-man defense that tends to overplay passing lanes.

This play has tremendous spacing, misdirection, and a screen the screener action that makes it very difficult to defend.

The play starts in a 4 out 1 in set. The shooter is positioned on the left side. 2 is labeled as the shooter in this case.

To start the play, 1 takes a dribble to the right side.

3 runs through two screens to the left wing. This is designed to get the defense to focus on denying 3 the ball.

2 sets the screen on the left elbow.

Once 3 runs to the left wing, 2 goes through a double screen from 4 and 5. 4 and 5 “close the gate” as soon as 2 goes through the screen.

2 receives the pass from 1 for an open shot. Make sure 2 catches the ball behind the 3-point line in order to make sure that the shot is a 3-pointer.

4 and 5 should look to seal their man for a post up opportunity.

If the pass to 2 is not open, 1 should pass the ball to 3. The entire left side of the floor will be cleared out for 3 to attack.

4 and 5 should look to seal their man for a post up opportunity.

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