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Explain One Play: Stephen Curry conquers Kings and their ankles

Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr was serious about winning against the Sacramento Kings. He finally let Stephen Curry play the entire fourth quarter and he even ran Curry pick and rolls with Kevin Durant. Watch Steph pour in 20 fourth quarter pts while playing excellent defense. Co-starring Kevin Durant, Draymond Green, Klay Thompson, Andre Iguodala and Justin Jackson’s ankles.

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Video Analysis

Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr was serious about winning against the Sacramento Kings. He finally let Stephen Curry play the entire fourth quarter and he even ran Curry pick and rolls with Kevin Durant. As a result Steph poured in 20 fourth quarter pts while playing excellent defense.

Here’s a little video analysis, co-starring Kevin Durant, Draymond Green, Klay Thompson, Andre Iguodala and Justin Jackson’s ankles.

Curry Conquers Kings and Their Ankles

Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr was serious about winning against the Sacramento Kings. He finally let Stephen Curry play the entire fourth quarter and he even ran Curry pick and rolls with Kevin Durant. Watch Steph pour in 20 fourth quarter pts while playing excellent defense. Co-starring Kevin Durant, Draymond Green, Klay Thompson, Andre Iguodala and Justin Jackson’s ankles. By @EricApricot. More videos and full articles at http://tinyurl.com/ericapricot

Posted by Golden State of Mind on Monday, January 7, 2019

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The Steph-KD Stagger

Game Notes

  • I have my issues with the schemes, but despite the stretch of annoying losses, I can’t get too upset about regular season experimenting, especially since Boogie’s return will disrupt all. Unless GSW falls out of a Top 3 seed, I expect Kerr to play more for growth than wins.
  • Klay took 1 sec to shoot after the offensive rebound, raising his average OREB trigger from 0.05 to 0.06 seconds.
  • This arm wrap on KD is really messing with me. He looks tougher on D and worse on O. I think it’s like The Ben Wallace Illusion.
  • Warriors have tighten up their D to win this. Very slow rotations and many lost attackers in 3Q.
  • End of Q3, Andre is getting Tonyed and that’s messing things up for KD inside.
  • GSW is lucky to be only 7 down. This will be a key test of the Steph & The Gang Q4, which got clobbered in Q2.
  • Defense perking up a little bit, partly since SAC attacking more ISO.
  • I think that *was* a travel for Steph...
  • Kerr hasn’t pulled Steph for his Q4 crunch-time breather yet?
  • Kings going to a HORNS package in crunch time. GSW is staying alert on the off-ball movement, for now.
  • This game is fun as hell.
  • Then Steph, high on not being pulled in crunch time, with a sweet give and go and-1.
  • Fox made an amazing layup by mashing all the buttons and wiggling both sticks randomly to get the five move combo.
  • This game is essential random from here on out. Good close game.
  • Hoping this game has a positive ending and not weird brain lock by someone.
  • Steph with a huge D rebound before the and-1.
  • Using clock unlike vs HOU; not as fun as dagger 3s, but it actually seals games. Now time for the free throw game.
  • Steph called KD for a wing PNR, three Kings beat the crap out of KD coming over, eventually get a relocation corner 3.
  • And... I think Steph’s step-back was actually more illegal (extra step) than Harden’s which are generally legal because of the mushy definition of ”gather”.
  • I really liked Steph’s energy on D and the boards in Q4.
  • Steph def called his own number more than usual down the stretch after his skipping his scheduled crunch-time nap.
  • GSW learned that they can throw a knockout punch, mess around on defense all game until the last three minutes and pull a W out of their butt. So that’s a lesson that will serve them well
  • The Kings played a great, fearless game, but the O wilted a bit under the GSW crunch time D
  • Q: Were you looking over your shoulder in Q4 hoping not to get pulled? / Steph: (smiling) No comment. (pause) It was nice to play the whole quarter. Me and Klay.

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