Last night, against the Bucks who were left on six straight wins and whose athleticism no longer needs to be demonstrated, Steve Kerr had decided to innovate by associating Stephen Curry† Klay Thompson and Jordan Poole from the start of the game. Next to them, Andrew Wiggins and Kevon Looney for a very offensive five “small ball”. Steve Kerr wanted to test the Curry-Poole-Thompson combination early in the match after being convinced of their effectiveness for endgames. But also because he had anticipated the Bucks’ strategy towards Curry.
† These three played really well he first talks about the Moody-Curry-Thompson trio. † But I had a feeling Holiday would stay on Steph the whole time, and they’d do double takes. So we felt we had to put Jordan (Poole) instead of Moses (Moody) to give ourselves a second creator and have more openings. If they double down on Steph, Thompson and Poole can follow and it becomes difficult to defend. †
“I don’t think there is any player other than Steph who has gone through so many twos and threes”
On arrival, the bet paid off with a Thompson-Poole tandem amassing 68 points, while the Bucks focused on a Curry in altruistic mode: 8 points, 8 assists and just 7 shots.
“We finished four-on-three on the other side, and in the NBA it’s really hard to defend when you’re outnumbered” points out Jordan Poole. “If you can have Wiggs and Klay to put the game aside, plus Kevon, one of the smartest players I’ve played with, it becomes easier to play the opposite game.”
Same speech at Klay Thompson, who found his leg with 38 points out of 15 of 24 on shots. “I don’t think there is any player other than Steph who can withstand so many two-man and three-man attacks. It opens up my game a lot, I appreciate the attention he generates around him when he is on the pitch. This allows you to be in a good position in front of others. It can be done for everyone, except for Steph. †
In the end, Steve Kerr is happy with this three-scorer formula, even though he has already warned that Draymond Green’s return will shuffle the cards again.
“It worked, but it worked because Jordan had a great game. He was patient. He only lost one ball. In defense he was much better than in previous games. He took rebounds. He takes six tonight, and that’s the key. We dominated them in the rebound. When Jordan plays like this on both sides of the field, our attack is even better.” said the Bay technician.
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