back·​court | \ ˈbak-ˈkȯrt How to pronounce backcourt (audio) \

Definition of backcourt

1 : the area near or nearest the back boundary lines or back wall of the playing area in a net or court game
2a : a basketball team's defensive half of the court
b : the positions of the guards on a basketball team also : the guards themselves a team with a strong backcourt

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In the quarterfinals of the Postseason Tournament, the Toreros sped to a 10-point first-half lead, then simply were run down by Northern Colorado’s quick, hot-shooting backcourt. Don Norcross,, "Defeat in CIT ends difficult season for Toreros," 21 Mar. 2018 Lin, who sustained a season-ending knee injury in the first game of last season, joins a crowded backcourt with Dennis Schroder and rookie Trae Young, the fifth pick in the June draft. Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY, "Atlanta Hawks land Jeremy Lin from Brooklyn Nets," 13 July 2018 This looked like his breakthrough season; the rebuilding Mavs wanted to pair Curry in the backcourt with rookie Dennis Smith, Jr., from N.C. State. Rick Bonnell, charlotteobserver, "Would Charlotte Hornets-Seth Curry be a good match?," 8 Feb. 2018 The point guard Magic Johnson didn’t want has become the floor leader the Nets need, raising his level of play after injuries to Caris LeVert, Spencer Dinwiddie and Allen Crabbe left them severely short-handed in the backcourt. Brian Mahoney, The Seattle Times, "Russell on the rise in Brooklyn and seeking first postseason," 19 Feb. 2019 Through it all, the Warriors’ backcourt was nowhere near vintage form. Bruce Jenkins, San Francisco Chronicle, "Warriors, Celtics: It feels like a collision course," 15 May 2018 Meanwhile, seniors CJ Fredrick and Aiden Ruthsatz are one of the most potent backcourt duos in the state. James Weber,, "High school hoops: Takeaways from another big week in Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky," 20 Jan. 2018 One of these guys would be a playmaker sharing a potential backcourt with Johnson and Nickelberry. Jeff Greer, The Courier-Journal, "3 prospects who could help Louisville basketball's 2019 signing class," 11 July 2018 Another restricted free agent, Exum could be the odd man out in a crowded Utah backcourt. Scott Bordow, azcentral, "Suns to target point guard, stretch four in free agency," 23 June 2018

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First Known Use of backcourt

1884, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of backcourt was in 1884

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