GIFs, NBA / Jan 2, 2014 / 11:45 pm

Video: Joakim Noah Connects With Taj Gibson On Backdoor Alley-Oop

Jared Sullinger, Joakim Noah

Jared Sullinger, Joakim Noah (Matt Marton/USA TODAY Sports)

With Derrick Rose ostensibly out for the season, the Bulls have fallen back on their plan last season to squeeze as much offense out of a Rose-less squad as possible. That’s why a lot of their sets begin with Joakim Noah coming to meet the ball at the high block. That’s what happened to start this play from the second quarter when Noah found a backdoor cutting Taj Gibson for the flawlessly executed alley-oop slam.

The play itself looks like a horns set where Gibson is setting a pin-down screen on Mike Dunleavy to spring him for an open shot. But D.J. Augustin, who initiated the play by passing the ball to Noah, actually screens-the-screener, taking off Gibson’s man following Gibson’s diversionary pin-down, and Taj dives towards the hoop for the pretty finish off the heady Noah pass.

Joakim was one assist away from a triple-double with 17 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists in Chicago’s 94-82 win over the visiting Celtics. Maybe Tom Thibodeau stole the play from his former Boston boss and master of out-of-timeout actions, Doc Rivers.

Jordan Crawford, continuing his surprisingly efficient play for the Celtics this season, scored 22 (7-of-11) and passed for seven assists in the loss, though he also committed five turnovers.

What do you think?

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  • 2cents

    That was actually a really nice play when you see the setup.

    Do any Bulls fans however want the team to make the Playoffs this year?

  • spencer

    Yeah, I’ve added another GIF with the full play; that’s what I love, all the alternative actions on screen-the-screener plays to bamboozle the defense. As for the playoffs, that’s what every Eastern Conference fan is thinking this year.

  • 2cents

    Thanx for the response Spencer and would love to see more posts like this analysing plays. All the best for 2014

  • spencer

    To hold you over, this guy makes fantastic YouTube videos of set actions from around the league. Hopefully I’ll have some time to write about some of the more interesting ones in 2014.

  • 2cents

    And I thought magicians never gave away their secrets.

    Awesome resource and I just subscribed to his feed. Thanx again.