Why Warriors' Steph Curry not comfortable running tons of pick-and-roll

Why Warriors' Steph Curry not comfortable running tons of pick-and-roll

For years, many Warriors fans have been screaming for coach Steve Kerr to let Steph Curry receive high ball screen after high ball screen.

And Kerr has repeatedly said he knows that style would yield great production, but that it's not what he believes in. His philosophy is all about player and ball movement, as he wants all five guys touching the basketball and creating for others.

Curry's personal trainer -- Brandon Payne of Accelerate Basketball -- was recently a guest on "The Habershow" podcast with NBC Sports' Tom Haberstroh, and explained why Curry isn't a "100 ball screens per game" player:

"I think he could play that role, it's just not in his makeup to be that guy for 48 minutes. He is a guy that's gotten really comfortable with ball movement.

"He doesn't want to stand out there and dribble the basketball into the ground and dribble the air out of it. That's not his thing. We've gotten to the point where it's one, maybe two moves -- if the shot's not there or the drive's not there, you move the ball and you create space with your movement.

"That's really his comfort zone. To ask him to dribble the ball and go from a DHO (dribble hand off) into a ball screen and do all these different things, you're really putting a lot of additional load on him, (and) you're putting him outside of his comfort zone."

You hear that Warriors fans? Does this make sense to you? Has your mind changed? Or are you still upset the two-time NBA MVP doesn't get to play like Damian Lillard or Kyrie Irving or Kemba Walker or Trae Young or Lou Williams?

Keep in mind that there are times when Kerr unleashes Curry in pick-and-roll situations -- like in the fourth quarter of Game 6 last year in Houston.

I'll never forget when Curry said the following after he scored 49 points against the Celtics on Jan. 27, 2018:

You just have to accept that with Kerr at the helm, the pick-and-roll only will be a component of the Warriors' offense, and not the identity.

Three championships and five straight trips to the NBA Finals is pretty dang good, right?

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Steph Curry reacts to Damian Lillard's comments on 'meaningless games'

Steph Curry reacts to Damian Lillard's comments on 'meaningless games'

Damian Lillard created headlines last week with his comments about the NBA's potential plans for resuming the 2019-20 season.

"If we come back and they're just like, 'We're adding a few games to finish the regular season,' and they're throwing us out there for meaningless games and we don't have a true opportunity to get into the playoffs, I'm going to be with my team because I'm a part of the team," the Portland Trail Blazers star guard told Yahoo Sports' Chris Haynes. "But I'm not going to be participating. I'm telling you that right now.

"If we come back and I don't have an opportunity to make the playoffs -- I will show up to work, I'll be at practice and I'll be with my team. I'm going to do all that and then I'm going to be sitting right on that bench during the games."

What is Steph Curry's reaction to that?

"I feel what he's saying because it's hard mentally to go with this long of gap, and then prepare for games you know don't matter," the Warriors' superstar said on the "The Life Podcast" with Anthony Morrow and Justin Jack. "I get it.

"It's a hard thing to put your mind in that space, 'I'm gonna go out here and compete and bust my a-- and know in five games we're just gonna be back in the offseason again.'"

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Golden State did re-open Chase Center facilities Monday so players could work out again, a source confirmed to NBC Sports Bay Area's Logan Murdock. 

But all indications are that the Warriors won't be playing any additional games this season, and will not be included among the teams that eventually will take the court in Orlando.

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"Between now and Thursday's vote of the board of governors on the plan to restart the season, the NBA is working to complete the details of a 22-team format," ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and Zach Lowe wrote Monday.

So for Lillard and the Blazers -- who currently sit in a three-way tie for ninth place in the Western Conference -- it appears they will get the opportunity to claw their way into the playoffs.

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Source: Warriors' facility opens; 'About five players' reportedly show up

Source: Warriors' facility opens; 'About five players' reportedly show up

Monday was an important day for the Warriors.

A source confirmed to NBC Sports Bay Area's Logan Murdock that the Warriors re-opened their facility on Monday after the team got approval from the City and County of San Francisco. The Warriors adhered to all protocols set for the by the league and city. 

"About five players" of the team showed up to work out, sources told Anthony Slater of The Athletic.

The arena has been completely shut down since mid-March because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Warriors have been following guidelines from San Francisco mayor London Breed and local public health officials.

"Once we receive approval by the County Health Officer, we plan to open our practice facility for voluntary workouts with our players," the team announced last week. "In doing so, we will follow all health and safety protocols and procedures implemented by the NBA, the City and County and our own additional [COVID-19] measures.”

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