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You want to be in good defensive position in front of the man with the ball. You then want to time your jump so you raise your hand in front of the ball just as it is released. You can also come from the side or from behind. The big waving blocks will generally lead to a foul. A clean block is hitting the ball and not the shooters hand or arm. Blocked shots are a good defensive skill and will get your team and the crowd excited when it happens. The key to a good blocked shot is capturing the ball following the block so that your team gets the ball. Bill Russell was an all-time great at this.