The Passing Game, Vol. 21: Wizards, Motiejunas, Ariza


Welcome to The Passing Game, where we simply take time to glorify the dimes being thrown all around us.

First we have a beauty of a pass from Donatas Motiejunas against the Bucks last night:

Motiejunas is a versatile 7-footer with a great feel for the game, but this is next level passing. As opposed to just a good old-fashioned two-handed overhead skip pass to the opposite corner, Motiejunas just threw a behind-the-back pass in full rhythm and hit Jason Terry right on a target for a three.

This series from the Wizards started with Jared Dudley probably traveling but giving up a contested shot and keeping the play alive. On the get back from Otto Porter he knew he had Marcin Gortat right away because T.J. McConnell was rotating to him and Gortat had Nik Stauskas on his back. The touch pass from Dudley was lovely.

Trevor Ariza works the two-man game with Dwight Howard here and really threads the needle in the passing pocket to deliver Howard a bounce pass for an easy dunk. Pretty terrible recovery on Jabari Parker’s part on this play, but Ariza still essentially had to make this pass through Giannis Antetokounmpo, Miles Plumlee, and Parker.

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Martin is the Founder, Chief Editor, and Head Skills Development Trainer for Basketball Society. He has work experience in digital media and marketing, radio, and journalism. Currently, he does freelance work as a videographer and content creator. He has been featured as a writer on sites such as Def Pen, TV Film News, All Hip-Hop, and more. Martin played high school basketball at South Brunswick High School (NJ) where he graduated in 2007. He is a 1,000-point scorer at SBHS and an All-Middlesex County performer as a 3-year varsity starter. He helped lead SBHS to their first-ever Central Jersey Group 4 sectional state championship in 2007. Martin played college basketball at Eastern University, where he graduated (BA, Communications) in 2012. Martin was a four-year starter and a 1,000-point scorer at EU. Follow Martin on Twitter @Marsoaries and on Instagram @martin_soaries


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