LAZY Defense On Steph Curry ENDS WITH THIS
- Published: 21 May 2018
- The Houston Rockets showed everybody how to lose by 41 points in the playoffs. And all it took was playing lazy defense on the best shooter in the history of the NBA.
What up everybody my name is Stefan and this is Heat Check.
Let’s break down all the lazy defensive possessions that allowed Curry to have a monster game.
Right off the bat, early on in the game, Capela is switched on Curry and actually does a good job both containing him as well as recovering on Iguodala.
But notice how Ariza just stops playing instead of picking up Steph while he continues to move out to the corner and gets a wide open three.
Right here again Ariza shows lack of aggression getting over the screen and watches Curry just walk past him. Once he picks up some speed however, Capela can’t get to him and that’s another easy basket.
The lack of communication between the Rockets defenders here, has them neither switching nor staying on their man, and that allows Steph to simply fake the screen and get himself an open lane for the layup.
Are these possessions not examples of lazy defense? You cannot expect to win a game against the Warriors playing like this. As crazy as it is, there’s much more of this.
Chris Paul can not deny the pass here, and not only that but he also commits a lazy and silly holding foul for an easy And 1 opportunity after getting blown by.
This might be the perfect play to make everything clear. Harden casually walks the ball and delivers a lazy pass that gets intercepted. As Iguadala starts the break, Curry does the textbook thing of trailing the play while look at how lackadaisical Ariza is getting back on defense.
That allows Steph to get yet another easy basket on the follow.
I was extremely confused by Houston’s approach in a pivotal playoff game, as they allowed Curry to get easy layups, with some simple drives and cuts to the basket.
I believe that the nail in the coffin for the Rockets was this obviously lazy closeout from Chris Paul. He barely walked around the screen as the shot was already up.
And after making this three, the lead balooned to 17 points and Steph Curry had his groove and his confidence at a high level.
From that point on, you could see him dancing on Harden and dropping the dagger on him, doing the shimmy, and even running his mouth a little bit, yelling out things like:
Playing like this, the Rockets don’t stand any chance against Golden State, and they will have to come out with a lot more energy and intensity on defense.
Offensively we saw those 10 second isolations again which of course hurt them similar to game 1.
Game 4 is do or die for Houston as I don’t believe that they can dig themselves out of a 3-1 hole against one of the best offensive teams in the history of the league.
Let me know in the comments who you got?
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