A double-team is not something an individual player can pull off effectively just by leaving his man and rushing the ball. The double- teamers must know what they are trying to accomplish, and the three other defenders must be prepared to react accordingly.
Beating Double Teams
It is merely a matter of how you think. If, at the moment you see a double-team form, you think, Oh no, a double-team, you are likely to panic and throw a lob pass somewhere that someone can intercept. Your thinking should be, Oh, here’s a 4-on-3 opportunity.
From Dick’s book Stuff