The offense is initiated by entering the ball into the wing position. Once a triangle has been formed on the strong side (ball side), and the defense is lined up along the line of deployment, the players are asked to execute whichever "Number 2 pass" the defense is willing to give up ( it's called N.2 pass because the ball handler in transition typically makes the first pass to enter the ball into the player in the wing position).
Traditionally, the priority of the N.2 pass goes as follows. There are four N.2 passes in all:
Each N.2 pass keys a unique sequence of options in the offense. Players are asked to follow "the path of least resistance." Because of this read and react style of offense, no play call is needed to initiate the triangle or set up plays. Instead, players are required to think for themselves. They must consider the ball, the defense, and their teammates at all times.