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Warriors use ‘elevator’ screens to perfection to free up their shooters (VIDEO)

Apr 7, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

There are plenty of teams that use variations of a single play to get wide open looks for their best shooters. The Warriors use what’s called an ‘elevator,’ or ‘gator’ action to free up Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson for open looks from distance, and do so with both consistency and success.

The video clip above has a compilation of Golden State running the play to perfection, and seeing it multiple times in a row like this is a great way for those not well-versed in the Xs and Os of the game to recognize and understand exactly how teams can execute over and over again in similar situations.

Essentially, it’s a screen set by two players where the third player (the one who will end up being the shooter) will run between them, before the gap is closed like a set of elevator doors slamming shut that prevents the defender from following the shooter through.

The result is Curry and Thompson, the Warriors’ two most deadly shooters, getting loose for wide open looks, usually from three-point distance.

[via Ethan Strauss and Amin Elhassan]

  1. gfin433 - Apr 7, 2013 at 10:02 AM

    They’re pretty much all moving screens – good thing they don’t call those anymore.

  2. miamatt - Apr 7, 2013 at 11:07 AM

    Now THIS is interesting. I really appreciate videos that give you multiple looks at similar types of action. I’d love to see more videos diagramming particular plays and strategies that teams use, both offensively and defensively.

    • michaeljordanseviltwin - Apr 7, 2013 at 4:06 PM

      Agreed. Although there are other websites dedicated to this type of breakdown, I primarily read PBT because of the regular updates. I love learning NBA plays and getting a glimpse into the world of coaching. Mark Jackson is doing good by the Warriors! Keep these coming, Brett.

      • Kurt Helin - Apr 7, 2013 at 9:33 PM

        Thanks. I want to get more of these up as a site. The volume demanded can make it hard, but with DJ, Dan and Brett we’ve done more this year and I want to add to that as time goes on.

  3. dirtydrew - Apr 7, 2013 at 11:40 AM

    This is great reporting. I know the technical blocking schemes in NFL, but basketball has always been a mystery. Great use of video to teach . And go Dub’s. It seems that the Warriors and Mark Jackson are growing together. He has become a good coach.

  4. 91devinhester23 - Apr 7, 2013 at 12:56 PM

    things that make you go hmmmm

  5. magicbucs - Apr 7, 2013 at 12:58 PM

    Big ups to mark Jackson. Great play, it’s almost unstoppable.

  6. anhdazman - Apr 7, 2013 at 1:44 PM

    Having the Splash Brothers of Curry and Thompson makes it so difficult for defenders to key on one guy.
    Both Curry and Thompson can shoot lights out when they’re on. It looks almost too easy at times.
    I thought losing Wright, Rush, Morrow, Bellineli over the years would hurt our 3 point range, but with this duo and Jack and Barnes hitting timely 3’s make this team pretty darn hard to beat.

  7. baymac408 - Apr 7, 2013 at 2:05 PM

    YO NICE VIDEO!! Beatiful screen play!! I love watching my WARIORS be the best 3 pt shooting team in league!! KEEP THE WARRIOR STORIES AND VIDEOS COMING!!

  8. axelmontoya99 - Apr 7, 2013 at 4:35 PM

    Nice Video! Nice Move!

    Is unbelivable how Curry knocks down 3s he is a machine

  9. leithhoneybadgers - Apr 8, 2013 at 6:25 AM

    Reblogged this on Leith Honey Badgers Basketball Club and commented:
    More screen plays, this time from the Warriors. It’s good to see the play run successive times in the video so you can get a feel for how they run it. You can deny it gets open looks for the shooters as well!

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