Basketball is a game of runs. It is a game of momentum. And a shift in momentum can happen in a few seconds.
Here are 8 plays that can continue, or shift, momentum in your favor instantaneously:
- Taking a charge
- Diving for a loose ball
- Committing a hard foul
- Setting a hard screen
- Blocking a shot
- Throwing down a dunk
- Delivering an assist
- Helping a teammate up off the floor
“When you find yourself in a hole, the first thing you need to do is stop digging.”
More times that not, when your opponent makes a run and/or you hit a slump it is because you stop doing the little things.
So the quickest way to ‘stop the bleeding’ is to immediately focus on being solid:
- Make the right pass
- Contest every shot
- Box out
- Set solid screens
- Sprint the floor in both directions
- Crash the offensive glass
- Hustle off the floor when subbed out
- Have great body language
In many instances, a recommitment to being solid will get things back on track.