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Old Tue May 02, 2000, 08:40am
Todd VandenAkker Todd VandenAkker is offline
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I think Jerry's question is specifically referring to screening a moving opponent, with a player stepping in front of the defense at the last moment to cut him off. This does happen fairly frequently, and unless the defender is running backwards it almost always occurs within his visual field. If it happens that quickly--that is, just as soon as the screener jumps in and is (or is not) set, a collision occurs--then it is an illegal screen that should be called, because the defense had no chance of avoiding contact. He must be allowed that step or two to react. Of course, if the defender has REALLY quick reflexes and does manage to mostly stop or somehow avoid major contact without displacing the screener, then we can pass on a foul.
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