- Feb 17, 2010
I'm happy I don't have to hear "Curry...BANG!" tonight.
Yeah, I think I could have been clearer in my initial post. I'm not suggesting that he's a significant offensive contributor from three: clearly, it's his electric, all-Defense level work on that end of the floor that earned Payton his minutes. But I'm of the opinion that the fact that he has demonstrated the ability to hit threes when defenses are scrambling to account for Curry, Klay and/or Poole helps make the other team pay if they choose to completely ignore him on the offensive end. Given that he hasn't been able to shoot a basketball from the game he was injured until now, I wouldn't be surprised if his ability to do even that on the offensive end is limited.It was part of it, for sure, but a smallish part. He hit 43 threes total this season, at a modest .358 clip. And I think it was a bit smoke-and-mirrors, as he's only .320 career, and .603 from the stripe. A much bigger part of his impact was of course the insanely great point-of-attack D, speed, and athleticism, plus fantastic rebounding for his size (7.1 boards per 36), and freakish finishing ability (.754 on twos). I'd think a lot of that should carry over even if the elbow brings his three ball down to earth.
That’s better than the alternative of course, but he’s been “available” a couple times this series when he was clearly less than even 80%. I’m not sure how much light this yields.
Great news. Hope this more spread out series sees him playing more often than not. He's such a difference maker.
How about he swats a few warriors shots into the fifth row, although Bill Russell always said to keep it in play and then you can recover and go the other way.