Sixers use ‘Dribble Weave’ single action to great success at Miami Win


The Sixers won without Joel Embiid and James Harden last night, and obviously in the process they played a very different game. Without the pick and roll, post up and iso possessions you get from these guys, the Sixers executed on the perimeter with ball movement and transfers, giving us a classic dribble weave on the floor.

It was actually mentioned by both coaches, and here is what Erik Spoelstra said:

“They did some hard knocks, you know they went to a dribble weaving and (Tyrese) Maxey took his right hand and he’s strong right-handed and he took a few shots and got confident. They just really got into their place honestly we didn’t close the gaps and make the painting as packed as we could or should have and you know they got into their place and Tyrese really took control of this fourth quarter and played his butt.

We all did the threesome weave exercise in middle school and high school. Get the ball under the basket, pass and move all the way down the floor.

At higher levels, it is embedded in heavy perimeter movement offenses, with various actions flowing from it. You run transfers into ball screens, flares, brush cuts and things like that. It’s boring to defend because opponents constantly have to move sideways and move through traffic at the same time, and if you’re sitting in the 2-3 zone or switching everything, that requires extra communication and focus .

I cut out some footage for you:

Nothing extraordinary, right?

Shake Milton off with a hand for Tobias Harris, who then passes to Maxey. Tyrese catches the move and goes down, making it difficult for Tyler Herro, who just has to slide left, right, then left again while the Heat sit in the zone.

Extract 2:

Same exact action here.

This time, however, Maxey decides to stop instead of trying to get to the rack, but mission accomplished as he catches the ball in a prime spot on his right hand. Same Miami defense.

Extract 3:

This one is different, but you see the weaving action in there. Niang slips into that DHO on the second side, then the Sixers come out of the trap and find Niang who stayed there in the left corner for the three wide open.

Says Doc Rivers while playing without Embiid and Harden:

We are working on it a lot. We know, at the start of the year, I’ll say this, with Joel, you know he’s going to miss some games. And I thought last year we weren’t prepared until the second half. This year, we are working on it every day. What are we going to do? How are we going to score? Space the floor. And we work on it every day. They play that dribble weave everyday stuff in practice. And so they’re comfortable stepping into the game to do that. And moving forward, we also did that with James. Think about that same kind of move with James doing it. It can be pretty good, but you have to surrender to do it, and I thought our guys did it today.

The dribbling weave is a classic basketball action. It’s a pain in the ass to defend because you have to keep sliding and adjusting your movement. It’s almost like doing a three-cone drill at the NFL Combine. Left, right, left, right again, if you’re sitting in the zone. And if you’re playing man, you have to keep chasing your guy around the perimeter.

But schematically, this move makes a lot of sense for a team missing Embiid and Harden, as the strength of the team is perimeter movement with Maxey, Milton, Korkmaz, Harris and Niang taking high roles. and seeing the ball more. Good victory, good X and Os which we will talk about the next day.

EDIT – I’d like to share this one too, really like this action from St. Peter:


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