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Stephen Curry finds Klay Thompson with a behind-the-back pass in transition (VIDEO)

Nov 17, 2013, 8:00 PM EDT

This was one of those highlights that appeared to be flashier than necessary on the surface, until you take a closer look at the defender’s position.

Stephen Curry found Klay Thompson with a smooth behind-the-back pass in transition during the Warriors’ win over the Jazz on Saturday, and for the play to be successful, he honestly had little choice.

Gordon Hayward was back defensively, and was playing the passing lane almost perfectly. Curry had to go behind his back to get the pass where it needed to go, and Thompson did the rest, converting at the rim for the tough reverse finish.

  1. antistratfordian - Nov 17, 2013 at 8:42 PM

    Curry set Hayward (and Burks) up to pull that pass off though. He didn’t do it out of necessity. You see right before the pass that he gave a little extra push to his left – that was done to get Hayward and Burks to commit to him so he can whip a pass around his back. It’s not like he was trying to drive to the rim and got cut off and had to make a decision. Curry appears to have made his mind up about what he wanted to do there before he got off the half court logo. It’s probably the smartest play there despite what a coach would tell you.

    Cousy and Maravich used to get accused of empty show-boating when pulling out these sorts of passes, but there have always been good (enough) reasons to do it.

  2. cbking05 - Nov 18, 2013 at 12:30 AM

    Just Two White Guys Ballin’…..

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