Despite having the lowest budget among Euroleague Playoff teams, Zalgiris Kaunas has succeeded with an efficient offensive style.
ATO and EOG Plays
In this ATO, Zalgiris Kaunas places its best shooter (2) as a decoy who ends up being a screener. In this diamond alignment, 2 cuts to catch on the wing and immediately passes back to 1. Then 2 cuts underneath the basket like he is coming off a pin down from 4 for a jumper, causing x4 to overplay and get ready to help. But 2 stops and sets a back screen for 4 to receive the open lob at the rim.
Hammer screens are a common tactic for Zalgiris in End of Game situations. This action starts from diamond entry and ends with 1-5 middle ball screen. This causes x4 to help on 5 rolling to the basket, so if 4 sets a good hammer screen for 2, he should be open in the corner for 3pt shot.
Zalgiris uses the hammer screen in several plays and actions to a high degree of success. This action also works well in early offense to find a quick shot.
This is a very effective ATO for Zalgiris. After 2 clears 4’s screen, 4 immediately flashes to the 3pt line for catch from 1. If x2 goes over 5’s screen (trailing in order to note give up 3pt shot), 2 will be open on the curl for an easy layup.
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