Why The Warriors’ Supposedly Illegal Screens Are Actually Some Of The Most Beautiful Parts Of Basketball

02.26.16 8 months ago • 11 Comments

Many felt the above screen Draymond Green set for Steph Curry in Golden State’s 118-112 win over Miami on Wednesday night was illegal. There’s a whole r/NBA reddit thread with more than 3,100 up-votes calling what he did “the most illegal screen imaginable.” Green does appear to slide his feet so Deng can’t get over the pick, and moving screens are illegal. It was a simple on-ball screen after Hassan Whiteside swatted Dray’s own attempt at a three, but it calls to mind various complaints and theories about how the Warriors get so many open looks when every opponent crafts their entire game plan around stopping the Splash Brothers.

Technically speaking, Dray was moving his feet on the play a little bit, preventing Deng from getting over by him. But, as the official two-minute report notes, Green “gives him room to avoid the contact.”

The same could be said for the double-drag screen Green and Bogut set for Steph’s shot on the possession before.

In fact, that play’s not even in the two-minute report. That’s how standard such screens are in the NBA. Look at this seemingly innocuous screen Nikola Vucevic sets on Klay Thompson in an effort to open up an Evan Fournier curl on Thursday:

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