MVP of the night | While Stephen Curry plays drums
The Warriors have no time to lose in their title defense! This Saturday morning, the NBA champions are 7th in their conference, and as the teams pick up a few wins, their teammates Stephen Curry They are very close to the 4th place held by the Pelicans in free fall (6 straight losses). It was Stephen Curry leading the way for his teammates against the Raptors tonight.
Faced with too much defense to block 3-pointers, the Stars guard just took what the defense gave him and he beat Fred VanVleet’s box first.
The Raptors point guard stuck to the ball without worrying about it. The Warriors have the good idea to serve up Stephen Curry from behind, and Golden State leads the way with two easy baskets. Stephen Curry, who had great assists for Klay Thompson and Kevon Looney, actually waited six minutes before making his first 3-pointer, and it was he who kept the Warriors alive with 13 points, including five layups in the first quarter!
“It’s because of the way they defend and it’s set me back a few years.” confirms Stephen Curry at the press conference. “They have athletes with long arms and they try to use them. When faced with this, the goal is to penetrate, find unmarked players or even circle to finish. You should try to take advantage of this, especially against an ever-changing defense. It’s been against me once, but it offers a lot of possibilities. I thought we played smart basketball against that type of defense. »
Continuation will only be from the same barrel as baskets in traffic, and his ability to draw defenses allows him to spawn as well. Golden State is ahead at halftime. On the way back from the locker room, the same scenario and Stephen Curry followed a complicated layup and passed to Kevon Looney. And the defense penalizes him with a 3-pointer as soon as he leaves some space from far! It is very clean and we note its activity on the rebound.
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Finally, we’ll have to wait until the last quarter to see the “Kurriesque” basket. A three-pointer from 9 yards that set the room on fire. The Raptors won’t recover and just take what the defense gives them, scoring a game that’s as full as it is clean: 35 points, 11 assists and 7 rebounds on 13-of-21 shooting, including 4-of-8 from 3-point range.
It’s three games now that Stephen Curry has hit just eight 3-pointers while averaging 12 on the season. His 11 assists add to the Warriors’ total: 40, their season high.
“It didn’t go the way we planned, but that’s what happens when you get the ball around and cut the circle.” Steve Kerr talks about his 62 points and 40 assists. “Especially when he stops such pressures. Toronto is not an effective blocking team, but it is a possession team and causes loose balls. If you execute the systems well, there are gaps in the rocket. »
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