How Lakers' strategy of double-teaming Steph proved effective


Similar to what many NBA teams have done this season, the Los Angeles Lakers threw a lot at Steph Curry and the Warriors defensively during Wednesday night's play-in tournament game.

The Lakers' strategy of defending Curry with multiple defenders seemed to pay dividends, according to this stat from ESPN Stats and Info.

The last possession is a tricky one to pin on Curry or the double-team thrown his way, as the pass from Kent Bazemore was a bit out of reach for Steph as he came around.

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Nevertheless, the Lakers ended up hanging on for a 103-100 win over the Warriors, clinching the seventh seed in the Western Conference playoff bracket.

The Warriors now will face the Memphis Grizzlies, who they beat in the regular-season finale at Chase Center. Dillon Brooks was the player primarily tasked with defending Curry, and Steph was much less efficient shooting the ball in that game than he was Wednesday night at Staples Center.

Brooks did foul out with just over six minutes to play, but Curry was just 16-of-36 from the field in the Warriors' 113-101 victory. In Wednesday night's loss, Curry was 12-for-23, and knocked down six of his nine attempts from beyond the 3-point line.

We likely will see Brooks cover Curry extensively once again, but after the success the Lakers had in getting the ball out of Curry's hands and forcing turnovers, perhaps Memphis will employ a similar strategy on Friday night.

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