So Ethan Sherwood-Strauss set me straight on some details about the cyclone play from the recent Explain One Play: Curry screens for Looney cyclone dunk.
This is a very brief history of the classic Steve Kerr play “cyclone” and how Stephen Curry screened for a Kevon Looney dunk in the Bulls-Warriors game on Nov. 24. This is a classic play that we’ve discussed in the past under the name “Warriors’ rip” because a backscreen for a cut straight down the lane is sometimes called a “rip.”
But somewhere along the way, Ethan Sherwood-Strauss found out that the Warriors themselves call it “cyclone,” which makes a kind of sense because players end up going in a whirling pattern.
The play is NOT named after the whirling pattern. In the following video, I explain the secret origin of the Warriors’ play cyclone and why Steve Kerr was laughing at Bulls’ coach Fred Hoiberg after he ran it.
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If the Warriors played all season without Steph or KD, they would:
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WIN IT ALL BABY. Klay would have to sign a whole toaster factory, though.