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Learn the NBA play “horns” — you’ll see it a lot (VIDEO)

Aug 30, 2013, 10:30 PM EDT

Golden State Warriors' Curry shoots over Denver Nuggets' Miller during Game 4 of their NBA Western Division quarter-final basketball playoffs in Oakland Reuters

During the season you’ll read plenty here at PBT (or from other writers) talking about it, you hear analysts mention it on broadcasts all the time:


Along with “floppy” and a few others it is one of the NBA’s standard sets that gets run by almost every team at points in a game. In a good video for a Friday night learning session, Coach Nick of BBallBreakdown walks you through the basics of horns and how a few teams work out of it (such as the Warriors with the elevator screen they run for Stephen Curry).

Watch this and come the season you will start to recognize this action all the time. Then when you’re watching a Warriors game at a bar you can yell out “horns” when they start the play… then the cute girl next to you gives you an odd look and moves a few seats down. So maybe don’t yell it out. But you’ll recognize it at least.

  1. ProBasketballPundit - Aug 30, 2013 at 10:36 PM

    Love these kinds of posts. Last one I remember is the elevator screen that Golden State was running for their shooters.

  2. saint1997 - Aug 31, 2013 at 2:59 AM

    Nah nah nah the cute girl will be mesmerised by your knowledge of the intricacies of basketball and instead give you her number!! Works a charm

  3. avb530 - Aug 31, 2013 at 6:00 PM

    Off the top of my head I think I remember Steph Curry getting an elevator screen from Draymond Green when he torched the Knicks for 54 points. Great video.

  4. adamsjohn714 - Aug 31, 2013 at 9:35 PM

    Horns works 100% of the time when the primary defender is Andre Miller.

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