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Explain One Play: Steph’s 20 point 3rd quarter

Video analysis of how Stephen Curry beat a questionable Sixers defense scheme to pour in 20 points in the 3rd quarter, leading the huge comeback win in the Nov 18, 2017 game.

NBA: Golden State Warriors at Boston Celtics
I am contemplating taking out my frustrations on the Sixers
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As GSOM’s Daniel Hardee wrote:

Behind Curry’s deadly, cobra-like offensive attack (6-for-6 on FG’s, 20 points in the third) and Kevon Looney’s tremendous defense on Embiid, the young 76ers were torn apart. When the smoke had cleared for the quarter, the Warriors slapped up a 47 point quarter of their own (a season high). The Dubs outscored them by 32 points to go up 99-89.

Here is a video breakdown of how Stephen Curry beat a questionable Sixers defense scheme to lead the huge comeback win in the Nov 18, 2017 game.

Steph's 20 pt 3rd Quarter

Here's how Stephen Curry poured in 20 points in the 3rd quarter to lead the huge GSW comeback win against PHI.

Posted by Golden State of Mind on Sunday, November 19, 2017

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Yes, the Warriors ran some high pick and roll for Stephen Curry, and the Sixers had the big defender, Joel Embiid, drop back to prevent Curry from driving. This is a defense typically used on ballhandlers who can’t shoot, like for instance the Sixers’ very own Ben Simmons. But Curry is quite capable of hitting open midrange jumpers and that helped him get his touch back from longer range.


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A recent national site declared Curry was in decline. You say:

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    Curry is in decline and this year he is going to have a noticeable dropoff
    (8 votes)
  • 10%
    Curry is in very subtle decline, where he’ll usually play very well, but only occasionally take over
    (70 votes)
  • 62%
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