Lag Principle; Basketball

Basketball Lag Principle:
The 'lag principle' is a guard-to-guard basketball  (external link) pass applied if at the moment of truth player #3 is not open on the pop out.
Player #1 passes to #2 and #2 lags behind the line of truth , by three feet or more, as a safety valve. Then #2 passes to #4 as he pops out to receive the ball .

"... At the moment of truth, Gasol's man is denying the N.1 pass to the wing, so Fisher" lag passes" to Kobe. This is known as the "lag principle:" since Gasol is not open, the other guard (Kobe) follows behind the play as a pressure-release option ...".
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