Right before tonight's third game, a quick analysis about one of Olympiacos "go to" sets.
These are sets every team has and runs for different reasons. They feel comfortable when playing them, they work well for a key player, or they create problems to the defenders...
Olympiacos look for Spanoulis in many different ways, but in the last game this set was extremely productive for the reds.
A vertical hand off between a big man and the Greek star, that can be followed by a quick ball screen. As a secondary option within the same structure, they can look for the pass to the big man near the basket, but we will focus today on the Spanoulis' option.
As we will see in the video, Olympiacos scored twelve points when running this set, nine of them coming straight from Spanoulis' hands.
In my humble opinion, FCB's defensive game plan was ready to defend it. My guess is they planned to chase Spanoulis, while the big man defending the passer would make a short hedge, and the defender of the corner would collapse the paint.
But mistakes happen during a game, and Spanoulis' execution is admirable so he can score even when the defenders perform well.
For sure tonight we will see this set many times, we will see how it works! Now, let's take a look at the video.