Golden State Warriors Complete 2016-17 Season Preview

October 8th, 2016 by Grant Hughes Leave a reply »

Less than two minutes into the Golden State Warriors' second preseason game—a 45-point incineration of the Los Angeles Clippers on Oct. 4—it happened.

Stephen Curry jogged the ball up the left sideline in semi-transition as two Clipper defenders darted out to cover him a few feet beyond the three-point arc. Prudent, this was, as Curry's range in Oracle Arena extends to the 880 freeway a few hundred yards west of the building.

Curry attacked the frenzied double closeout, drew a third defender in the lane and casually flicked a pass to a wide-open Kevin Durant on the right wing. Curry didn't even watch Durant's shot go in as he circled back on defense.

If Curry's gravity freeing one of the best shooters alive for an easy three isn't unfair enough, consider the fact Durant, if he'd hesitated for a split second longer and drawn a frantic closeout from J.J. Redick, could have moved the ball to an uncovered Klay Thompson in the right corner.

This is the new reality for the Warriors: A totally uncontested Durant three will often be the second-best shot available.

Good luck, everyon ...

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