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NBA 2K14 – beginner’s guide to defence

After taking a look at the fundamentals of offence, Sportra will now give you some useful tips of how to limit your opponent’s scoring in NBA 2K14.

At first, stick with one defender

While you’re getting to grips with the basics of basketball and the way 2K14 plays, just control one defender and ignore switching to the defender nearest the ball. The AI does a good job on defence, and it allows you to get used to marking men closely and tracking their movements.

The centre is the best man to control in your first few matches. Centres operate in a very limited area under the basket, and can give you good practice of defending the post.

Once you start feeling comfortable, try controlling players in other positions, and then begin switching to the man closest to the ball.


Time-outs are a very important defensive strategy for bringing an end to scoring streaks. If you struggle to make a basket for a minute or two, and the other team can’t seem to miss, call a time-out. This will slow the momentum of opposing players and allow your team to regain composure.

Using time outs wisely can be the difference between winning and losing. Don’t waste them all your time-outs in the early quarters, as you could need them in the final minutes.

Foul late

If you are behind by a few points and into the final seconds, foul the opponents when they have possession. It will send them to the free-throw line, where they could extend the lead, but gives you the ball back without losing much time on the clock. Plus there’s the chance of one or both of the free throws missing. Just make sure that the player committing the foul hasn’t committed five infringements, as he will “foul out” and miss the rest of the game.

‘Intense’ defence

Pres L2/LT for ‘intense’-D, taking a lower, wider stance, making it more difficult for players to slip by with dribble moves. Be aware, that you are slower on the turn when in intense-D, and it will be easier for ball handlers to sprint past you with a wider path.

This technique is best used when defending players on the perimeter or in the post. On the perimeter, when the point guard is setting up plays, move into intense-D and look to steal the ball as he looks to perform a dribble move. Don’t try and steal too often, as you’re much more vulnerable while making the attempt.

Stick with your assignment as long as possible

Try and stay with your assignment for as long as possible, be it with a man or a zone. The arrows beneath your feet will tell you how close or far you are from the position you should be. Three arrows means you are very far away, no arrows means you are in the correct position.

The main instance when you should leave your assignment is when the ball-handler has beaten his man and is attacking the basket to make a lay-up. Attempting to make a block is worth it, even if the handler passes out of a shot to an open man, as this pass will set up a long range shot, which a lower chance of success.

Right Stick versus blocking

Knowing when to use the right stick and when to attempt to block a shot is important. ‘Hands-up’ defending (with RS) means you’re less likely to concede a foul. Jumping for a block means contact with the shooter is more likely, and a higher chance of sending opponents to the free-throw line.

You have to be absolutely sure that the opponent is going to take the shot, and doesn’t fake you into jumping, leaving him either with an easy foul or free run at the basket. If the player is yet to dribble, don’t jump, because he can fake a shot and then dribble around you.

Use the right stick when near the basket until the last second, and on the perimeter whilst a player is dribbling without moving.

Opponents will score

Despite your best defensive efforts, opposing teams will still score plenty of points. There is no such thing as a whitewash, so don’t worry. Just focus on keeping the tie as close as possible heading into the fourth quarter. This gives you the best chance to win the match.

Our next guide will look more closely at the different types of defensive strategies you can use, including man to man, zone defence and ‘keying’ on an opponent’s stars. Stay tuned.

  • MrStayPuft

    Are you joking? This same article was posted yesterday….and the obvious spelling error still exists in the title. Pretty sure nobody is going to take this “guide” seriously….

    • Brett Phipps

      In the UK we spell it with a ‘C’ old chap.