17 March, 2018 at 06:31 #3493
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One of the problems the Warriors faced in the 2016 NBA Finals was an inability to make the Cavaliers pay for switching pick-and-rolls as easily as they did against teams in the regular season. Because he was dealing with some sort of leg injury NBA 2K MT, Stephen Curry didn’t have the burst he needed to score on Tristan Thompson and LeBron James consistently in isolation.
The Warriors didn’t look to attack the smaller defender in the post, either, because Draymond Green struggles to score with his back to the basket. When Green does get the ball in those situations, the Warriors usually use it as a way for him to facilitate rather than create for himself.As a result, the Cavaliers could comfortably switch Thompson or James onto Curry on the perimeter and live with Kyrie Irving guarding Green. Doing so not only prevented Curry from getting the open looks he thrives on, it also stopped Green from rolling to the basket in the types of four-on-three situations that created countless 3-pointers for the Warriors during the regular season, which helped them neutralize a play many believed was virtually unguardable.
NBA FINALS PREDICTION: Who wins Cavs vs. Warriors III? With Kevin Durant on the roster, however, those limitations have since evaporated into thin air. Durant may not be the same passer as Green on the roll, but he’s a better finisher at the rim and far more comfortable popping to the perimeter when teams double Curry or drop one of their defenders back to contain dribble penetration. More importantly, Durant can score against almost any defender in the post. While he only ranked in the 55.0 percentile with 0.89 points per post-up possession this season, he ranked in the 99.6 percentile with 1.23 points per post-up possession last season on almost double the amount of possessions. Durant has also been elite in the post in these playoffs, ranking in the 90.3 percentile with 1.31 points per possession.
Therefore, whether it’s a longer defender like Al-Farouq Aminu … … a smaller one like Tony Parker … … or a bigger one like Anthony Davis … … it’s not hard for Durant to manufacture a good shot for himself in the post against the sorts of switches Green struggled to score against in the 2016 NBA Finals.In theory, cheap NBA 2K18 MT those tools make the Curry and Durant pick-and-roll impossible to stop.
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