Situation: The Miami Heat have possession and trail by three points with 21.1 seconds remaining against the Indiana Pacers.
Erik Spoelstra calls a dribble-drive sequence with options atop the key and from the baseline wing.
Though it would never be detailed to this extent because the defense is unpredictable, let's imagine how a practice call would look.
A. LeBron (3), you inbound the ball. Bosh (5) and Battier (4), both of you stand at the elbow. Wade (2), you are the ball-side block, and Chalmers (1), you are far-side short corner.
B. Guys, listen up. We have a shot at a quick two points here if it's 100 percent available. In wheel motion, Wade you are going to run off the down-screen by Battier and the free-throw line pick by Bosh.
If the lob is open on the backdoor and we're sure of it, throw the pass to LeBron for the quick two points and we'll take the foul.
C. If it's not there, we are are going to inbound and immediately get into our dribble-drive options. After the pick, Battier will come up and catch LeBron's inbound for an immediate return pass.
LeBron, immediately attack the basket to collapse the defense, come to a jump stop and immediately kick back out to Chalmers.
D. Chalmers, look to shift the defense again out of position, and see if you can't create strong-side numbers with Wade and LeBron.
E. Wade, now that the defense is shifted, attack right and collapse that short corner defender then kick it to LeBron on the baseline wing for a three-point opportunity.
The dribble-drive set allows for some offensive freedom when a team has a pair of playmakers or eligible shooters. The hope is to use roughly three passes to disorganize the defense and create an open look beyond the arc.
The defense can counter by allowing for the two-point drive, which can also work in the offense's advantage depending on game strategy.