Cleveland Cavaliers Horns Series

By Wes Kosel

Starting Five – Cleveland Horns” by Wes Kosel was originally published by HoopDirt.

Below are five sets from the Cleveland Cavaliers used in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals against Toronto. The Cavs put LeBron James at the right elbow and enter each set with a pass directly to LeBron at the high post.

Cleveland Cavaliers – Horns Point Away Handoff

In this set, Matthew Dellavedova passes to LeBron at the high post then screens away to the left elbow. Richard Jefferson makes a cut to the right block and Dellavedova loops around LeBron to take a handoff as he dribbles right. LeBron rolls off the handoff for a quick lob at the rim.


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Cleveland Cavaliers – Horns Point Away Cross PNR

This set is similar to the first one but Richard Jefferson goes “over” the screen from Dellavedova instead of “under”. The Cavs get a little jumbled in this set, but it looks like Jefferson was supposed to screen for the baseline runner as Dellavedova used the ball-screen from LeBron in the slot.


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Cleveland Cavaliers – Horns Point Away Lob

As a counter to the over the top cut on the last play, Jefferson goes back door on the screen from Dellavedova for a wide open alley-oop pass from LeBron James at the right elbow.


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Cleveland Cavaliers – Horns Stagger Drive

With all of the action going on at the left elbow, this play was played perfectly for LeBron to drive to the rim. Instead of setting the screen at the left elbow, Dellavedova continues around Jefferson to set a staggered screen in the corner with Jefferson. The defenders focus on guarding the staggered screen leaving room for LeBron to cut directly to the rim.


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Cleveland Cavaliers – Horns Elbow Ram

This play put the Raptors at a disadvantage trying to guard a ball-screen for LeBron at the right elbow. The Raptors ended up switching on the screen and it looks like LeBron could have continued driving to the rim for a layup.


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Wes Kosel is an assistant coach for men’s basketball under Head Coach Tom Billeter at Augustana University in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Kosel joined the staff at Augustana after serving two seasons as an assistant coach at Colorado College and before that spent time at Texas Lutheran University and Haskell Indian Nations University. Kosel has an undergraduate degree in Exercise Science from the University of Kansas and a Master’s degree in Physical Education from the University of Houston. He has coached summer AAU programs, volunteered with elementary and middle school basketball teams, and has worked basketball camps for various programs including the Houston Rockets, USA Basketball, University of Colorado, University of New Mexico, Air Force, University of Houston, Texas State, and Texas A&M Corpus Christi. He also founded his own coaching website,, where he shares plays, drills, and coaching notes.
May 17, 2016 – Cleveland, OH, USA – The Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James throws down a second-quarter dunk against the Toronto Raptors in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals on Tuesday, May 17, 2016, at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. The Cavs won, 115-84. (Credit Image: � Phil Masturzo/TNS via ZUMA Wire)

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