Explain One Play: Stephen Curry torments Blake Griffin and drops 37 on Durant and Harden's Nets
I think Steph doesn't like that fella
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Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors have had a long history of conflict with Blake Griffin. In the 2021.11.16.GSW-BRK game, Steph picked on Blake repeatedly and rained multiple threes over him and most other defenders that the Brooklyn Nets sent.
We look at Steph’s scoring, the plays that got him open, the peculiar soft trap that the Nets were using, and just generally admire the most entertaining player of his generation. Co-starring Damion Lee, Nemanja Bjelica, Kevon Looney, Draymond Green and Otto Porter Jr. Also with Kevin Durant, Bruce Brown and Patty Mills.
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Part of the joy of watching the Warriors is one or two times a game Stephen Curry will do something and I just go "bfffffttt, STEPH" because what else can you say? So this video is a great reminder that yesterday it was a bit more than "one or two times".
One of the things I've noticed with Poole is he's impressively copied a bunch of Steph's tricks and craftiness, especially with handling and finishing, but it feels like he's also trying to copy Curry's ability to pull up from anywhere and make it look easy... except Steph is superhuman and Poole is just a guy. So sometimes Kerr has to remind him, "That's not a great shot (except when Steph takes it)."
Crazy thing is Steph going nuts on offense is just part of what blew the Nets up, the other part being the stifling defense. It's probably harder to find the clips to use for it, but I wish we could have gotten a view of how *that* happened. Steph has been having some of his best defensive games lately. He's staying with people without fouling (I mean, yeah, he got a kind of early 4 fouls this game, but at least half of those were BS) and he's not falling asleep or over-helping so much. His increased strength definitely seems to be helping there. On the other hand, the team kicked a lot of Nets ass even when he was sitting.
Oh, and good highlight on Moody's rotating signboard of 👌's. With how much of Dub Nation was apparently in the building you gotta make sure they all get a piece of it.
I saw a post on reddit re: the play at Q1 7:12 saying it was just like old times: Steph to Dray to KD for the touch pass back to Steph for three 😂