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Screen actionWade and James ball screens: Again, defenses have to be strong at the ball and near the rim, since Wade and James (especially) are so good at finding cutters. But they also must account for Bosh on the weak side, since Bosh has an excellent slinkiness factor working for him, disappearing and reappearing in the paint as defenses orient toward the ball. It's a skill he was never fully able to showcase as the No. 1 option in Toronto.
Given the talent of the ball handlers in these situations, defenses must send at least one or two helpers toward this screening action. But as they try to account for both the ball screen action and Bosh in the paint, James Jones (today) and Mike Miller (tomorrow) will be ready to make opponents pay on the perimeter.
Stagger screens for Wade: The guard setting the first screen then turns and back screens for Bosh. Screening for Wade in this scenario is actually a decoy for the back screen inside. If a defender stays home on Bosh, then Wade will be open at 17 feet in the middle of the floor. Offensive gurus love to create sets that get the ball into their best scorer's hands; in this case, he's actually the second option.
Early drag screen for the point guard: One purpose of the drag screen is to force someone other than the big defending the screener to help on the dribbler (that defensive big often does not see the drag coming). As the screen is set on the point guard, James lifts from the corner, forcing his man to make a choice -- give help and leave James, or stay home and hope someone else stops the ball.