Immediately after the Warriors won Game 2 of the NBA Finals, Stephen Curry called Toronto's strategy "janky" after the Raptors used a box-and-1 to corral the star guard.
Now, weeks later — with free agents Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant out for the majority of next season, if not gone forever — the Warriors will need to fill out roster space with shooters to combat the “janky” strategy that other teams are sure to now employ on Curry.
However, with Golden State deep in the luxury tax, the team only will be able to sign players via the mid-level exception and minimum contracts. Luckily for the Warriors, that still leaves plenty of options to find a shooter who might keep defenses more honest.
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NBA free agency is less than a week away, the Warriors find themselves under unique circumstances.
Their top two free agent targets -- Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant -- will be rehabbing career-altering injuries that could keep them out all, not most of next season.
If both re-sign, the Warriors will be well over the luxury tax, meaning they'll only have a tax payer's mid-level exception and veteran minimum deals to hand out when free agency starts June 30.
Despite their salary-cap situation, some intriguing free agents could be had in Golden State's price range. To get you ready for free agency, here's a list of potential options for the Warriors.
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Desperate times called for desperate measures from Toronto Raptors coach Nick Nurse on Sunday.
In a 109-104 loss to the Warriors in Game 2 of the NBA Finals, Nurse switched to a box-and-one defense late in the fourth quarter to defend Golden State star Steph Curry in the absence of injured teammate Klay Thompson. The plan largely worked, as Curry was held off the scoresheet for the entirety of the fourth quarter.
The two-time MVP thought the Raptors "were playing some janky defense," and his younger brother was on the same page. Portland Trail Blazers guard Seth Curry was surprised to see the strategy used.
The Raptors' plan appeared to many to come from the Galaxy Brain playbook, but Nurse's adjustment helped Toronto get back in the game Sunday. The Warriors were limited to just 21 points in the fourth quarter, albeit on 8-of-17 shooting, while Curry did not attempt a shot. Golden State's defense, meanwhile, returned the favor on the other end of the floor as the Raptors only made 26.9 percent of their fourth-quarter attempts.
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Whether the Raptors return to their "janky defense" surely will depend on the status of Thompson -- and Kevin Durant -- in Game 3, as either player would relish a wide-open shot while a defender blankets Curry. Even if they can't play, the strategy likely wouldn't be sustainable over the course of a full game, but potentially could be deployed in high-leverage situations.
If the Raptors run a box-and-one again during the best-of-seven series, chances are the Curry brothers won't be as surprised.