Stephen Curry knocked down seven 3-pointers against on Wednesday night, most of which came at the hands of poor defense from the Clippers.
Let’s take a look at what happened.
No. 1: Offensive Rebound
This is the beauty of having a stretch four like Draymond Green in the lineup. Following a pick-and-pop with Klay Thompson on the right wing, Blake Griffin is forced to close out on Green to prevent an open 3-pointer. Rather than boxing him out, though, he leaks out in transition, which puts the Clippers in a tough position — Jordan has to battle with Festus Ezeli underneath the basket, basically resulting in a 4-on-3 situation.
Lance Stephenson fails to put a body on Harrison Barnes and the Clippers get a second chance opportunity. Once Barnes grabs the offensive rebound, J.J. Redick makes the mistake of taking his eyes off of Curry and falls for a simple head fake when closing out. Curry takes one dribble into a 3-pointer and gets the shooter’s roll.
No. 2: Misdirection Screen
Teams often bait ball handlers in the pick-and-roll to settle for midrange jump shots by having their big man sag off. The problem: That doesn’t really work with Curry. Knowing that DeAndre Jordan wouldn’t outright switch, the Warriors took advantage in the second quarter by putting Draymond Green, who was playing center, in the pick-and-roll.
Curry’s second 3-pointer on the night comes off of a rather simple play: The Warriors run a misdirection in transition to get Austin Rivers out of position and Jordan is too far away to prevent him from taking a wide open shot. Curry rises for a 3-pointer within eight seconds of the shot clock and pushes the Warriors’ lead to 13 points.
No. 3: Pick-and-Roll
Less than two minutes later, the Warriors run a similar play. Off of an inbounds, Curry receives a hand off from Andre Iguodala — forcing Lance Stephenson to switch onto him — and dribbles off of Ezeli’s screen. Like Chris Paul, Stephenson gets hung up on the screen and Jordan isn’t in position to close out.
While Stephenson fouls Curry, he still knocks it down.
Just notice how far away Jordan is from Curry. Not ideal.
No. 4: Back Screen & Pop
Curry’s final 3-pointer in the quarter comes off of a nifty play call from the Warriors. Instead of bringing the ball up the court, Curry plants himself on the post and sets a back screen for Harrison Barnes. While simple, it’s enough to get Chris Paul and Austin Rivers confused — Paul wants to switch but Rivers fights over the screen, leaving the best shooter in the world unguarded.
After receiving a hand-off from Green, Curry rises for another uncontested 3-pointer. Blake Griffin isn’t quick enough to react and make up for miscommunication between Paul and Rivers, either.
No. 5-7: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Unfortunately for Jordan, the results weren’t much better when he did change his ways. First, Curry broke him down on a switch in the fourth quarter. (Maybe Paul shouldn’t pick him up from half court next time.)
Then, Curry pulled up from way out.
And then he did it again.
While those are more along the lines of the shots the Clippers will live with Curry taking, Jordan could’ve been more aggressive hedging and getting his hand up.