The Golden State Warriors sure do like to score the ball with their stars, but a big part of their efficiency comes from their ability to get their role players wide open buckets.
Last week we covered a decoy play from Game 5 of the 2017 NBA Finals where the Cleveland Cavaliers overplayed Klay Thompson, letting Kevin Durant score at the rim.
Durant obviously isn’t a role player, but the principle remains the same. This week’s breakdown is sort of a sister play to that action, with Thompson again involved as the player of focus.
This time it was David West — an actual role player — getting a wide open jumper as Kevin Love sagged too far off of him.
The Warriors score with Durant, Stephen Curry, and Thompson, then make teams overplay those guys to get simple looks like this. It’s deadly.
Check out the full video breakdown above.
Robin Lopez whacked T.J. Warren in the head while chasing an offensive rebound. Warren didn’t like that, so he ran to the opposite end of the court and shoved Lopez to the floor. A heated confrontation ensued, though it didn’t escalate beyond yelling.
Warren received a flagrant foul, and Lopez was hit with a technical in the Suns’ 113-105 win over the Bulls.
Corey Brewer is better at finishing fastbreaks than leading them.
Nice defense by Emmanuel Mudiay, too.
But at least the Lakers won.
With the Timberwolves trailing the Pistons by three and 6.2 seconds left, Jimmy Butler drew a foul on a 3-pointer.
Butler made the first two free throws then, just before he got the ball for the third, Reggie Jackson interrupted to talk to Stanley Johnson, who was in rebounding position. Butler missed the free throw, and Detroit won 100-97 after an intentional foul.
Butler said Jackson didn’t affect him, but Butler’s side eye during the delay at least appeared to speak loudly.
Kris Dunn had a nice weekend – 39 points, 13 assists and 11 rebounds as the Bulls beat the Hornets and lost to the Suns – punctuated by this dunk in Chicago’s 113-105 loss to the Suns last night.
T.J. Warren paid the price for Tyler Ulis overplaying a Robin Lopez screen Dunn cleverly never used.