Respectful pause……..for those of you that are cracking your sides. But how can one say outside of maybe Tomahawk Missiles can this team be beat? To even approach this notion we have to determine who
The Warriors Are:
A collection of parts that appear to mesh perfectly on offense and defense. It doesn’t hurt to have four All-Stars and two sure fire Hall Of Fame players on your team.
They have improved on the vaunted pace and space offense originally introduced by Rockets head coach Mike D’Antoni to such a degree that their execution is almost at art form level. Without question in Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant they boast the top outside shooters in the game and quite possibly in history.
The Warriors move the ball they move their bodies, they drive and dish and when it breaks down they just hand the ball to Kevin Durant to go one on one.
The Warriors front office deserves a lions share of credit for assembling a roster of players that are smart, versatile and competitive. Those qualities show perhaps on defense more than in any other area.
The Warriors are aggressive they play the passing lanes with active hands and most importantly play on a string meaning they back each other up (help and recover) with precision over and over.
Having said all of that I’ve just about talked myself out of this piece but to beat this team the opponent should
Know Who They Are:
What does that mean? Well to start the opponent cannot be a better version of the Warriors. The opponent has to control the pace of the game and manage turnovers that usually come from passes to the wings and futile attempts at drive and kick-outs.
On defense the Warriors have Draymond Green, an All Defense 1st team player that is aggressive, smart and extremely mobile. The one thing he is not is big so he has to be occupied down in the post by a player with credible post up skills. This approach would also serve to wear Draymond down but most importantly keep him out of the passing lanes.
The Warriors have the best team defense in the league so the opponent has to attack their players individually. Klay Thompson is a better than average defender so skip him but in addition to posting up Draymond Green, Steph Curry and Kevin Durant have to be attacked off the dribble. Durant is an excellent help defender but not as mobile in one on one situations.
Forcing the Warriors into one on one situations would serve to control tempo and wear down key players down the stretch.
On defense when battling an offensive powerhouse smart teams know they cannot take away everything so they pick their poison.
The Warriors are so formidable an outside shooting team that they can drop a double digit deficit on you in mere seconds so one has to choose. I say you stay home on Stephen Curry and most importantly Klay Thompson…..I did say stay home on Klay Thompson ? right.
Now that means that All Everything forward Kevin Durant will be allowed to roam the earth free..or whatever one on one coverage amounts to.
Providing an opponent can control pace, occupy Draymond Green, successfully shadow Steph and Klay and maintain their poise during yeoman efforts from supporting players and an occasional 50 points from Durant then you can achieve what most can only hope for.
A close contest at the end.
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