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Explain One Play: The New Way Stephen Curry Defends James Harden

Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors have been trying new defenses against James Harden and the Houston Rockets. Last year, GSW let Harden isolate vs Steph. This year, GSW is trying a combination of high tag, trapping, bumping off, and baiting lobs. We analyze the defense, and look at its origins in defending LeBron James. Co-starring Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, Andre Iguodala, and LeBron James.

NBA: Playoffs-Houston Rockets at Golden State Warriors
this reach will net Steph two fouls
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Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors have been trying new defenses against James Harden and the Houston Rockets. Last year, GSW let Harden isolate vs Steph. This year, GSW is trying a combination of high tag, trapping, bumping off, and baiting lobs. We analyze the defense, and look at its origins in defending LeBron James. Co-starring Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, Andre Iguodala, and LeBron James.

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The New Way Stephen Curry Defends James Harden

Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors have been trying new defenses against James Harden and the Houston Rockets. Last year, GSW let Harden isolate vs Steph. This year, GSW is trying a combination of high tag, trapping, bumping off, and baiting lobs. We analyze the defense, and look at its origins in defending LeBron James. Co-starring Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, Andre Iguodala, LeBron James and James Harden. By @EricApricot. More videos and full articles at http://tinyurl.com/ericapricot

Posted by Golden State of Mind on Saturday, May 4, 2019

Notes During the Game

  • I join the game a couple of minutes late and Steph and Harden are both injured??? This rivalry is cursed.
  • ‏Warriors have flashed a double team at Harden several times today, and HOU has looked surprised each time.
  • ‏You see, Steph being in foul trouble on soft calls every game is part of the ref conspiracy because it costs the Rockets 3.5 points because
  • ‏Then Klay gets a nice steal off the rotation to steal the Capela lob off the Harden blitz.
  • GSW defense at Q4.5.25 was a masterpiece of pre-switching to keep Curry off the switch, undone by last minute bad help off corner. Dodged a bullet w Tucker corner miss.
  • ‏HOU ran down the shot clock hunting that Curry switch to maybe 5, allowing the blitz to make Harden dump off to I think Green to create off the dribble...
  • ‏Reggie, I’m sure that it is indeed affecting their basketballing that Harden just had blood pouring out of his eyeball and Steph had a finger ripped from his socket and smashed back in.
  • At the end of every HOU game, GSW explore new dimensions of carelessness frittering away of leads, Both Steph and KD have had hideous turnovers down the stretch. Probably won’t bite them this game, but...
  • ‏I’ve said it for years that KD’s secret weakness is getting surprise doubled. Nearly lost G1 from it, lost ball in G2.
  • Heck, GSW tied the Bang Bang game and won the Klay OKC G6 with those ambush doubles on KD.
  • Dray/Andre great, but damn, KD “subpar”? 29-5-4-1-2, holding the team together while Steph out, making plays, blocking shots.
  • And Steph a problem? He’s not MVP Steph, but he dropped 20-3-5-2-1 on 16 shots, and set up Dray/Andre dunks, all in foul trouble w a DISLOCATED FINGER

Poll

Poll

If Boogie were healthy, how would Games 1 and 2 gone?

This poll is closed

  • 74%
    GSW 2-0
    (979 votes)
  • 20%
    1-1
    (273 votes)
  • 4%
    HOU 0-2
    (56 votes)
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