OAKLAND: In the depths of his seventh season playing alongside Draymond Green, Stephen Curry has seen and heard almost everything his firebrand teammate has to offer on the court, from defense and rebound, to the game and huff.
But on Friday night, Green came up with something new.
"Tonight was the first time I saw Draymond apologize for a 'heat check'," Curry said after a 120-114 victory over the Cavaliers.
A "heat control" is an impulsive shot that is taken to test the limits of your rhythm at that particular time. & # 39; How hot am I? & # 39; It is usually badociated with scorers such as Klay Thompson or Curry, two of the best long distance shooters in NBA history.
Green, however, is the Warriors initiation team that dares to shoot at will. Please, anyone other than Curry or Thompson or Kevin Durant or DeMarcus Cousins (who rested on Friday).
The score is not the strength of Draymond. The warriors ask him a lot and he usually provides. He leads the team in badists and steals, he is second in rebounds and third in blocks. He also defends the five positions, sometimes three in a single possession.
But now he has the nerve to add punctuation to his repertoire. Not only does it contribute points, it also does it efficiently, including from – of all places – the 3-point line. He scored a season record of 20 points on Friday on 8 of 14 shots from the field, including 3 of 7 from beyond the goal. He also had eight rebounds and five badists, the kind of statistics expected from Green.
If this is the way he is going to play, the Warriors have the ability to torture opponents in five different ways.
"Obviously it's a big increase in confidence, because of the way the teams defend us, selecting and choosing who to shadow and send help and things like that," Curry said. "Everyone on the ground has to be a threat and be able to finish the plays."
Green's percentage of shots from beyond the goal has remained in the 20s throughout the season; He entered the game on Friday with a 28 percent depth. There is no need to bother to defend that.
Lately, however, he has been splashing at a pace usually reserved for the likes of Curry and Thompson. He has 16 of 38 (42.1 percent) in his last 12 games.
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Green attributes his current shot to feeling healthy and being more badertive with his shot, avoiding hesitation, sticking his legs in it and letting it fly.
This scoring thing hit the poor Cavaliers, who were willing to give Green all the 25 feet he wanted, just upside down their unexpected heads.
"That was the game plan," said Larry Nance, the Cleveland forward badigned to defend Green from a distance. "And he got us out of there."
"Congratulations to him, those other guys are going without saying, Steph is Steph, KD is KD, Klay is Klay, and those guys are going to do what they're going to do, Draymond hurt us tonight.
On his third shot in the first 82 seconds, all triples, Green finally failed, after which Curry rejected his apology. After opening the game with 3 back-to-back points in the first minute, a pleasant surprise for the entire crowd at Oracle Arena, Curry knew that Green had earned that privilege.
After all, you may never get another.
If Green continues to make deep shots with 40 percent accuracy, teams will have no choice. They will have to take care of it. They can not risk giving in to him to double team DeMarcus Cousins in the position or in the blitz of Curry in the perimeter.
Curry agrees, as does coach Steve Kerr.
"He does so many other things for us that we do not need him to score," Kerr said of Green. "But when it does, it's salsa."
For the warriors, yes. For opponents, Green's idea as an efficient and productive shooter is a toxin for which there is no antidote.