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

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3. Away slip

This is an old play that the Warriors used to run all the time back in 2014-15. Yet again, this play profits from the gravity of Curry and Thompson. An action that is very common in the Warriors offense is a pin down on the weak side.

For this action, a shooter (Curry or Thompson) starts in the corner. Then a big man sets them a screen so that the shooter can run away from the basket, towards the top of the key, to get a pass for an open three.

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This is so common in the Warriors offense that everyone is always expecting it.

Because of the predictability of this play, the player defending the screener will often take a couple of steps up towards where the shooter is going to end up, just to try to deter them from taking the three-pointer.

This leaves a lot of space in behind, so it is up to the big man screener to recognize this and slip the screen when it happens. Then the ball-handler can throw a pass (often a lob) for the Warriors big man who will often have acres of space for the easy dunk.

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Big men who mainly profited from this in the past have been Andrew Bogut, David West.