Golden State Warriors: Genius plays the team uses for their big men

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2. Fake handoff

The Warriors run a lot of actions involving dribble handoffs. This is where a player dribbles towards another player who is running towards the ball-handler. He pitches the ball to him while setting a screen at the same time.

The Warriors run a lot of these for Curry and Thompson to get them a bit of space behind the arc. When it is Green executing the handoff with them, he can often do a play called the fake handoff.

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This is where he will pretend to pitch the ball to Curry or Thompson, but instead, he will slip the screen and dive to the hoop. This is particularly effective for the Warriors because the defenders both tend to have their eyes on Curry.

That often allows Green to get into the lane for an easy dunk or to make passes to open shooters in the corners if the defense helps. It can even open up lob opportunities for Warriors big men, similar to how they use the short roll as explained previously.

A big who has frequently profited from this is Draymond Green.