Coming out of timeouts the Pacers love to get Paul George a look for three. Frank Vogel has a few go-to plays that seem to always get George open. And in game four, George was knocking down everything.
In the third quarter, Indiana had the ball coming out of a timeout, and Vogel went to an elevator screen play for George.
Roy Hibbert has the ball on the far wing, while George Hill is setting a screen for George. David West is already in position to set half of the elevator screen. George is going to the basket before he will cut straight up the lane.
Hill now has the ball, and Hibbert is in position to set his half of the screen. But this play doesn’t result in a George three because Trevor Ariza gets called for a foul as he trails George.
The foul didn’t deter Vogel from getting George a three, so he went to another, a pick-the-picker play.
George is setting a screen for Lance Stephenson. The cut from Stephenson is just to keep the defense honest, as he would get an open layup if George’s man doesn’t at least hesitate.
Hibbert sets an excellent screen – that is always a key in any Pacer set working – and Ariza can’t get through to contest. Three points for George.
So Vogel’s original plan to get his best player an open three was thwarted, so he drew up something else, and Washington was helpless.
In a bigger spot, with the Pacers down by six with just over five minutes left, Vogel went back to the elevator screens after a timeout. Except this time, the screens were for a corner three.
That’s George setting a screen for Hill. (Both teams in this series have had success with a small amount of wing/wing ball screens.) After which he will cut across the court to run through the waiting big men.
Ariza doesn’t try to follow George through the screens. Instead he looks to go over Hibbert, which ultimately makes the end result worse for the Wizards.
This is Paul George’s and-one three.
VOGEL FIST PUMP
(And wonderful fan reactions: the guy in the shirt that stands up after George buries the shot, the old man who takes his glasses off behind Vogel and the dude wearing the Nene t-shirt jersey and a sideways hat.)
This is some of Vogel’s most consistently great work. Somehow, teams don’t look to be more aggressive to eliminate the George three, even though the Pacers go to it time and time again. Vogel looks especially brilliant when George is burying everything he throws up.
Go back to the first example, where Ariza fouled George. The Wizards did look to send an extra man to stop George, but the Pacers have a plan to exploit the extra help.
Bradley Beal is cheating off Stephenson and towards the screen. So Stephenson cuts to the wide-open space under the basket.
You can see a compilation of elevator screens for George from this season.
EDIT: Apparently I imagined that Paul George completed the four-point play; he missed the free throw.