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Explain One Play: Klay Dive, Pop or Curl?

Klay Thompson returned in style against the Suns on Sunday. Without the ball, he still kept the defenders guessing about whether he’d dive, pop or curl on every play. Can you guess better than the defenders? Here’s your chance. Co-starring Kevin Durant, Draymond Green, Nick Young and Shaun Livingston. From the Suns-Warriors game on April 1st, 2018

NBA: Phoenix Suns at Golden State Warriors
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One of the interesting things about Kerr’s offense is that it has concepts and patterns, rather than purely set plays.

For instance, if Klay Thompson is running off-ball, he usually has the option to either dive to the basket, or pop out for a catch-and-shoot three. And when he’s in the paint, he always has the option to pop out using a flare screen or to curl around the screen back into the paint. This is confusing for the defense, and he can react to the coverage to flow to the option of least resistance.

This would also be confusing for the offense, as Warriors newcomers find, but over time people know to set uncalled screens in response to Thompson’s movements and to make passes depending on the defense.

Can you guess better than the defenders? Here’s your chance. This video is from the Suns-Warriors game on April 1st, 2018, and we pause it each time Thompson can choose between one of the options. Co-starring Kevin Durant, Draymond Green, Nick Young and Shaun Livingston.

Quiz: Klay Dive, Pop or Curl?

Klay Thompson returned in style against the Suns on Sunday. Without the ball, he still kept the defenders guessing about whether he'd dive, pop or curl on every play. Can you guess better than the defenders? Here's your chance. Co-starring Kevin Durant, Draymond Green, Nick Young and Shaun Livingston. By @EricApricot. More videos and full articles at http://tinyurl.com/ericapricot.

Posted by Golden State of Mind on Monday, April 2, 2018

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