A Middle Flash is when a player makes a cut into open space in the middle of the court.
- In transition the Middle Flash is a common way for a pressured ball handler to advance the ball forward and to the middle of the court.
- In the half-court, the Middle Flash allows players coming from behind or at the defense's blind spot to catch the ball in the center of the court, often causing the defense to collapse in. It's a primary spot of attack against most zone defenses.
- Players who catch the ball in the center of the paint often can find open men at the block, on the wing, take an open shot themselves, or make a move at the rim.