Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Basketball An offensive play in which a player stops to block a defender for a teammate handling the ball and then slips behind the defender to accept a pass.

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Examples

  • Stoudemire is known as a pick-and-roll specialist and D'Antoni noted that Anthony could be the passer in pick-and-roll situations, lessening Douglas' role.

    The Knicks' Strategy: Ball-Hogging

  • Call their decision-making into question: We all love it when the Heat lose, says the Cleveland Plain-Dealer's Terry Pluto, because "any person with basic basketball knowledge realizes Miami could fix its late-game misery with a simple play" - a pick-and-roll that opens up options for both Wade and James score.

    Danny Groner: Miami Heat Coverage: A Crying Shame

  • For instance, last season, Stoudemire took 154 shots on the pick-and-roll, his specialty.

    Is Carmelo Trying to Do Too Much?

  • He benefited most from D'Antoni's pick-and-roll system and this year showed off a new wrinkle to his game: a consistent mid-range jumper.

    New York Knicks Team Report

  • He said that typically one or the other is open on a pick-and-roll.

    Two Superstars = A New Offense

  • In Wednesday's game against the Sacramento Kings, Lin had a string of bad passes, like the one late in the third quarter when he tried to work a pick-and-roll play with Jeffries.

    Come On, NBA: He's Not Lin-vincible

  • "His basketball IQ, his ability to know what play to run, what pass to make, how to run the pick-and-roll or a stutter-step to hold the defense, that's stuff you can't teach," Johnson said Thursday.

    Lin Has Been 'Magic,' Lakers' Great Observes

  • For instance, against Boston earlier this month in the last game before Linsanity began, the Knicks ran nine pick-and-roll plays, according to Synergy.

    Come On, NBA: He's Not Lin-vincible

  • According to Synergy Sports, a company that tracks every play, the Knicks still rely on spot-up jumpers, isolation plays, baskets in transition and pick-and-roll at nearly identical clips that they did last year.

    Knicks Are Becoming Garden Slugs

  • He's making 80% of his shots when he cuts to the basket, 78% in a pick-and-roll and his 1.2 points per possession mark makes him the most efficient player in the league among players who've played more than 10 games.

    Maybe the Wrong Knicks Are Shooting (and Missing)

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