Cleveland's "Flying High" Open Set
Throughout the season, Step Up to LamisilAT and take a closer look at how NBA teams are stepping up their play on the court. Read the play description below, then check out a Flash animation and actual game video and analysis from NBA TV to see how the action unfolds on the floor.

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Cleveland's Flying High Open Set

Click here or on the play diagram above to see how the Cavaliers spread the floor on offense.

Cleveland's "Flying High" Open Set
The Cavs spread the floor and let LeBron create.
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LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers are in the thick of the Eastern Conference playoff race. James has done it all this season including the Cavaliers' recent surge. The return of Larry Hughes could provide the boost for a needed for a deep playoff run.

The Play
The Cavaliers like to space the floor and allow LeBron James (23) to create immediately following transition.

Here, James takes the ball to the left side of the floor. Aleksander Pavlovic (3) and Donyell Marshall (24) move to the corner. Zydrunas Ilgauskas (11) and Damon Jones (19) locate near the three-point line.

Z sets a high screen for LeBron once the floor is spread. LeBron uses the screen and attacks the lane. The entire defense collapses on James.

Now, James is in the lane and has plenty of options. He can pass or drive. What does he do? Click on the diagram to the right to continue...

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