Each month, 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.


Seattle's Double Trouble: Animated Play Diagram

Click here or on the play diagram above to see how the SuperSonics use double screens to set up the open three.

Seattle's Double Trouble: Video Analysis
NBA TV takes a closer look at how Seattle uses screens to set up the three.
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The Seattle SuperSonics have stepped up over the first few months of the 2004-05 season. After failing to make the playoffs last year, they currently sit at the top of the Northwest Division, thanks in large part to the dynamic duo of Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis. With their teammates setting screens, the long-range sharp-shooting of this tandem makes the Supersonics extremely difficult to beat.

After warming up with a 2-6 record in the preseason, the Sonics stepped up when the games started to count and, winning 13 of their first 15 games, the team's best start since going 14-1 to open the 1993-94 season. Seattle ranks first in team three-point field goal percentage, connecting on 38.3 percent, with three SuperSonics ranking among the NBA's top 10 in three-pointers made: Allen, Lewis and reserve forward Vladimir Radmanovic.

The Play
The SuperSonics offense is ready to roll when Ray Allen (34) gets the ball on the left wing. Allen (34) checks the defense and then passes to Reggie Evans (30) up top. Evans (30) swings the ball around to Rashard Lewis (7). Ray Allen (34) cuts off a double screen set by Luke Ridnour (8) and Nick Collison (4).

Once Ray Allen (34) cuts to the basket, Evans (30) and Collison (4) set a double staggered screen for Luke Ridnour (8), who cuts off the screen and receives the pass from Rashard Lewis (7).

Ray Allen (34) reads the defense and changes direction. Nick Collison (4) and Reggie Evans (30) set a double screen for Allen (34) who cuts out to the left corner. Luke Ridnour (8) passes to Allen (34) for the three-point shot.