Lockdown Defense: Tips For Better Perimeter Defense Defense wins games. Sure, you need to outscore your opponent to win the game but to do that you need to prevent them to get baskets. Defense is all about heart, will, and skill. And if you’re tasked to defend your opponent’s best player, you’ll need this perimeter defense tips.
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Make sure your shoulders and your head are lower than the person you’re guarding. When you keep your body lower than your opponent, you’ll most likely get to the spot before the offense.
Never lose balance
When you lose your balance, you’re beaten. Your opponent will blow past you. Stay in wide stance and take shorter choppier steps when getting to a distance. Once your feet get close together you lose your balance. Your heels should not touch the ground so you can move quickly. The key is to put your body in front of your opponent.
Have active hands
Your hands should serve as a distraction. Use your hands to try to deflect a pass or poke the ball as you anticipate a drive. Coaches call this “riding” a player out.
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