CURRY SETS NBA FINALS RECORD WITH 9 THREE-POINTERS.
Stephen Curry set an NBA Finals record with nine 3-pointers in Game 2, breaking the previous record of eight held by Ray Allen (Celtics vs Lakers, 2010).
As part of his record-breaking performance, Stephen Curry scored a game-high 81.8% of his points (27 of 33) from beyond the arc in Game 2. It was highest mark of any game this season – play-offs or regular season.
HOW CURRY SCORED HIS RECORD-BREAKING 9 THREE-POINTERS?
- 5 of 9 – Pick-and-Roll SWITCH vs. Love or Nance JR. (Total 6 of 9 of 3-pointers Curry scored while being guarded by Love or Nance Jr.) Cavaliers often switched PNR and Curry’s easiest target in this game was Kevin Love.
K. Love “shows” + McGee phyisically blocks Hill on his way back to Curry while rolling to the basket. Steph needs less than 1 second to create his own shot!
PNR SWITCH 1vs1 vs. Nance Jr. Excellent example of 1vs1 basketball.
- 2 of 9 – Drive-kick + follow the pass (also pick-and-roll switch vs Love/Transition + speed mismatch (transition) vs Nance Jr.)
This is probably one of toughest situations to guard in basketball – player who is the best in the world creating his own 3-point shot having 50+% shooting night and constantly moving after pass looking for his opportunities to score non-stop + guarded by relatively slow Kevin Love and Larry Nance Jr. after being switched on Steph after pick-and-roll or transition situations…
- 3 of 9 – Transition (also included drive-kick + follow the pass & 1vs1 vs Osman who was switched on Curry during transition).
Not every coach has luxury to have player who puts that much pressure on defense returning back on time as Curry. No schemes = 3 points.
- 1 of 9 – Hand-off. Very simple but effective way for great shooter to get his shots is hand-off situation.
9 THREE-POINTERS: 7 OFF the DRIBBLE, 2 OFF the CATCH.
If you have unselfish player on your team who can create high % 3-point shot by himself and find an open teammates if needed = every coaches dream!
3/4 QUARTER PHENOMENON = CURRY’S THREE-POINT SHOOTING?
For advanced basketball fans who follow NBA this season, especially play-offs Warriors fantastic 3/4 QT performance is well known fact. Big impact for this 3/4 QT success is Steph’s great three-point shooting! Warriors always won third quarter by 10 or more points when Steph scored 2 or more 3-pointers in quarter ..(last 2 play-off rounds vs Houston and Cleveland where Curry played in all games) Amazing!
Curry’s 3/4 QT 3-point% = 15/28 (53.6%). Series vs HOU & CLE Warriors have won 3/4 QT by average +7.88 points vs one of the best basketball teams in the world!
CURRY’S ABILITY TO BE A CONSTANT THREAT FROM THREE-POINT LINE = MORE QUALITY SHOTS FOR TEAMMATES.
Curry 3Pt% 9/17 (52.9%) = Golden State 2Pt FG% 30/37 (81.1%!!!) (not included Curry 2-pt FGA).
What surprised me was 1st quarter… Golden State scored almost all 2-Pt FGA (13/15) but didn’t attempt any free-throw (0/0). Cleveland fouled Warriors only 2 times in 1/4 QT…
- TRANSITION. Shooting range. Ability to nail long three-pointers puts lot of pressure to defenders while returning back on defense. They need to guard Curry more than 1-2 meters outside the arc to prevent easy look for Curry. It STRETCHES THE DEFENSE and there are better opportunities for him or his teammates to drive or cut to the basket.
2. SPACING. NO HELP from CURRY’s defender STRETCHES THE DEFENSE + harder for other defenders to HELP/ROTATE/RECOVER.
Steph spreads the floor and KD has more space to play 1vs1, especially if he decides to drive to the middle of the floor.
Great example how hard is to guard Warriors.. Defender denies Curry the ball even 2 or more passes away, it’s very hard for defender to give any type of help if needed or rotation especially if Klay Thompson also can’t be left open despite Cavs having “problem” in the low post.. KD vs Hill.
KD vs HILL in the low post = PROBLEM (high-percentage shot). Thompson and Curry can’t be left open (high-percentage shot). If X4 (Lebron) traps Green can cut and finish with a dunk or pass to 5 if X5 helps, also set a screen for Curry is an option. If 5 helps then X3 needs to rotate down to help to cover 5 but then Curry very likely will get good shot attempt becase X3 not in helping position already.
Golden State is well known for their weakside action (players away from the ball is constantly moving and screening keeping defenders occupied and unable to help to solve the “problem”) effectiveness after the ball is passed in low post area.
3. OFF-BALL SCREENS. Set the screen to get open!
#1. Curry receives back-screen from McGee. K. Love and J.R. Smith (what a surprise…) miscommunication puts Kevin Love in situation where he has to close-out on Curry. Shot fake + easy lay-up.
#2. Curry sets the backscreen. “Spain” pick-and-roll offense. Curry as pick-and-pop is huge threat as three-point shooter but again miscommunication how to defend this defensive situation (again J.R. Smith) costs easy 2 points for opposite team. Well designed play on the left side of the floor where Green can receive ball wide open.
#3. Screen for Curry = SLIP. Any off-ball screen situation where Curry was involved offensively demands both defenders attention so screener can use it as his advantage and punish defense but cutting to the basket. For example flare-screen in this situation. It’s hard to SWITCH these screens effectively if Curry is involved as an huge offensive threat.
4. ON-BALL SCREENS (PICK-AND-ROLL). The best scenario in any type of screens = defenders are J.R. Smith and Love. If Kevin Love was little bit unlucky because Curry had a great shooting night and it was very hard to guard him then J.R. Smith defensive game was terrible…
Every PNR if world’s best 3-point shooter off the dribble = hard to guard whatever defensive coverage is. For every defense answer there is solution offensively. In proffesional level especially NBA you have to give up something if you don’t want to Steph to get good 3-point shot opportunities.
#1. Set the screen for Curry – anticipate defender to get above the level of screen (“SHOW&RECOVER” or “JUMP SWITCH”) – Slip the screen and cut the basket.
Great first set play of the game from Steve Kerr. McGee cut the basket in the middle of the floor was very hard to guard. Also xT (Thompson’s defender) wasn’t able to help because Thomson was about to receive downscreen that could open him up for three-point shot. Can’t explain all the details, it can take long time.
#2. Curry as a passer in pick-and-roll. Switching PNR when 2 of the TOP5 players in the world is involved is not easy thing to do. Defender who is about to get screened has to do good job on possible roll by screener. If not, most of the time he will be behind roller.
Threat as three-point shooter + high basketball IQ and world class pick-and-roll passing = easy baskets for teammates.
Passing out of TRAP.
#3 Curry as screener (Pick-and-Pop). Curry sets the screen for KD and pops. KD height + ability to shoot 3-pointer over shorter defenders punishes defensive SWITCH since KD was guarded by shorter Hill. 3-Points. Very hard to guard this type of situations without switching if Curry sets the ball-screen for KD.
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