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

Examples of backcourt in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Celtics will save potentially $20 million, and Stevens gets an opportunity to rebuild his backcourt., 18 June 2021 The undermanned Wizards—relying heavily on their backcourt of Russell Westbrook and Bradley Beal—simply haven’t been able to contain the Sixers’ jumbo-sized star trio of Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons and Tobias Harris. Alex Kay, Forbes, 31 May 2021 The Suns rested their All-Star backcourt of Booker and Paul for in the final regular-season game for both teams. Raul Dominguez, Star Tribune, 16 May 2021 The Lakers had their backcourt of the future put together in one night. Los Angeles Times Staff, Los Angeles Times, 13 May 2021 Beyond that, Phoenix pulled away in overtime with its All-Star backcourt of Booker and Paul each scoring just two points on one shot attempt from each. Duane Rankin, The Arizona Republic, 4 May 2021 The point guard played 28 minutes and added eight rebounds and seven assists, including a nifty underhand pass from his own backcourt to Miles Bridges. Eli Pacheco, ajc, 2 May 2021 They've been led by forward Moses Wright (17.4 ppg, 8.0 rpg) on the interior and the backcourt of Jose Alvarado (15.3 ppg, 4.1 apg) and Michael Devoe (15.1 ppg). Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, 17 Mar. 2021 The Suns will counter with the All-Star backcourt of Devin Booker and Chris Paul, who helped vanquish the defending champion Los Angels Lakers and LeBron James in Round 1. Mark Heim |, al, 8 June 2021

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First Known Use of backcourt

1884, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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23 Jun 2021

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“Backcourt.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jun. 2021.

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