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Terms of or pertaining to the game of basketball which involves two teams of five players trying to work together to accumulate points by shooting or dunking a ball through a basket. The team with the most points by the end of the game wins.

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A term that can be used for a particular basketball shot in which there's little opportunity for the shot to be made. Usually in the situation when the clock is nearing zero and a player must heave ...


Sports; Basketball

Term occasionally said by a basketball announcer when a player has swished a jump shot. Signifies the ball going in the net cleanly like an object splashing in the water. " Allen for the ...

shake 'n bake

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A flashy but effective basketball move. It involves a two-step stop, a behind-the-back switch of the ball from either left to right (or vice-versa), and a strong drive to the basket. NBA guard Jamal ...

all ball

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"All ball" is usually yelled emphatically by a defensive basketball player who appears to have blocked a shot but is instead called for a foul. "All ball ref" is also frequently used by a frustrated ...


Sports; Basketball

A basketball shot that appears to be going in, but instead falls back out. The crowd usually sighs to show their surprise and disappointment at the shot.

drop a dime

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This phrase refers to a player passing the ball to another for a basket. A "dime" refers to a precise pass that is on the mark, making it convenient for the receiver to attempt the shot. A dime is ...

drop step

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A post up move where the ballhandler picks up his dribble and at the same time extends a leg back on one side of his defender and then turns toward the basket, using that leg as leverage to get ...

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