A lot of Steph Curry’s shots cannot be explained and are due to his individual greatness. Having said that, there are a few things that Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors do, to consistently get him open looks for three.
Starting off with one of my all time favorite plays. This one is called the elevator doors.
You can see, as Curry goes towards the basket, he suddenly accelerates and cuts outside between the 2 big men, who then close the gap like elevator doors would do Giving Steph all the time and space in the world to knock it down. Unfortunately they seem to have stop running this play recently and I don’t know why, it’s beautiful, it’s effective, it’s awesome.
Number 2: You’d be surprised by how much wide open shots you can get by just continuously moving.
When he drives and kicks, Steph likes to keep moving to the corner, while the defense kinda relaxes and shifts attention to the guy with the ball. He would then get it back for an easy opportunity. It’s crazy how often the defense would fall asleep, as he gets 1 or 2 of these shots per game.
Number 3 is a variation of that. An interesting thing that the Warriors like to do. They killed the Rockets with this last year in the playoffs. Curry drives, kicks it to his teammate on the side and sprints right behind him. Jordan Bell in this case throws it between his legs and this way 1 he doesn’t lose any time turning around, and 2 he is ready to set the screen as well.
Steph is all by himself and he is able to hit it.
Number 3 is this Golden State action where it’s basically screening the screener. Right here Curry initially sets a screen for Alfonzo Mckinie, who curls to the basket. And Steph sprints to the 3 point line getting a pick by Looney. Although Deandre Ayton is athletic enough to actually help out and contest that far, the shot was already up and you know the result.
Something very similar is this Warriors play where initially they get the ball to KD to play 1 on 1 on the wing. That’s the first option. However what Curry does here, is looking at the big man. If he decides to help, that means that he wouldn’t be able to recover on the switch of this screen. Meaning option number 2, as Curry gets open, you can see how far Jokic is, so it’s a wide open look and of course the best shooter in the league hits it without a problem.
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