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Explain One Play: KD loves passing, really

Video analysis of how Kevin Durant made up for too much isolation last game in the Warriors-Magic game on Dec 1 2017.

NBA: Golden State Warriors at Orlando Magic
KD is a very tall 6’ 9”
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Kevin Durant had a delightfully well-rounded first half against the Orlando Magic last night. He repeatedly passed on time to anyone who got open and still strolled into 17 points on 9 shots, with 6 assists in 1st half. I was really impressed.

A huge part of the Warriors offense involves a big posting up with the ball and having the other players cut and screen off-ball. (This comes straight out of the Triangle Offense that Steve Kerr played in during the Jordan Bulls days.) You’ll see the role played by Draymond Green, David West and Zaza Pachulia (and in the future, ahem, Jordan Bell), as they are smart floor readers and passers. This is a fantastic role to get extra mileage out of a smart big who can’t create their own shot, like Pachulia, Green, before him Andrew Bogut and David Lee.

There’s been an uptick in the last couple of games having Durant be the post hub. In some ways it’s a waste to have Durant be the hub, since he’s also a top shooter. On the other hand, he’s a smart reader and passer, he doesn’t like screening so much and of course he is also an excellent isolation scorer from the post. Also it keeps Durant from being tempted to isolate at the top and to fire up a contested off-the-dribble three. (Statistically in the past, he’s shot 4th quarter jumpers poorly by his standards.)

The Warriors ran the same simple three-man post split cuts through the Lakers game overtime (covered in this E1P).

The play worked every time, but the process was troubled. Durant looked off Green on a couple of open dives to the basket and instead took difficult isolation shots. Green ended up having an on-court rage reminiscent of last year’s blown Memphis game.

Here is video with what I assure you is absolutely accurate transcriptions of what the players were saying.

Steph's Amazing OT

Come for Stephen Curry's amazing Overtime. Stay for Draymond cursing out KD for too much isolation.

Posted by Golden State of Mind on Thursday, November 30, 2017

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In the Magic game, the Warriors went back to the same play repeatedly, giving Durant a chance to show he could make the right pass, and that Green and Stephen Curry could make the right counters when defenses tried to blow up the play.

Video here:

KD loves passing

Draymond Green cursed out Kevin Durant in the Lakers game for not running a play. In the Magic game, Durant did a better job re-running that play with Dray and Stephen Curry. And re-running. And re-running it... by @EricApricot

Posted by Golden State of Mind on Saturday, December 2, 2017

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In the Miami Heat game on Sunday, who of the following will get more playing time?

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  • 55%
    Jordan Bell, you should do an E1P about him someday
    (131 votes)
  • 12%
    JaVale McGee, gotta keep up his confidence
    (30 votes)
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    Kevon Looney, dude is defending
    (50 votes)
  • 11%
    Cash Considerations, he rules everything around me
    (27 votes)
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