Kurtenbach: Four stats that help explain the Warriors’ up-and-down season

These Warriors are a complicated bunch, and it’s hard to make sense of them on a night-to-night basis.

Sometimes, in situations like this, you have to look at the numbers. No, the stats won’t tell a full story, they can illuminate and clarify a few things. And with this team, any clarification is greatly appreciated.

So here are four stats that help explain the 2021 Warriors:

3 ball, corner pocket
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Since Feb. 1, the Warriors are attempting the most corner 3 pointers in the NBA, a byproduct of Steph Curry’s gravity, Draymond Green’s vision as a passer, and a style of basketball that has been more direct in the half-court than in successful years past.

It might also be a byproduct of not having any true centers on the court and the spacing that comes along with that.

Before the Warriors were down to zero centers on their roster, Golden State was 17th in the NBA in corner 3-pointers attempted.

The corner 3-point shot is the most valuable shot in basketball. It’s the easiest 3-pointer to make, as it’s nearly two feet closer to the hoop than an above-the-break shot, but it, of course, counts for an additional point.

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The Warriors aren’t particular about specific corners, either — they lead the league from both the left and right as of late.

In recent years, we’ve seen entire NBA offenses be built around setting up corner 3-pointers — the Houston Rockets with James Harden being the most extreme example — for this very reason, so it bodes well for Golden State that they are getting so many opportunities from the corner.

But remember that, last year, Houston also went all “small ball” all the time.

Even when Kevon Looney and James Wiseman return to the lineup, might the Warriors use Green as the team’s center more moving forward?

The stats say they should.

Get out and run
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While the corner 3-pointers have risen, there has not been an appreciable difference in the Warriors’ pace over the last center-free month.

In fact, the Warriors are playing slower — marginally, but slower — without big men on the court.

Before Feb. 3 the Warriors were playing at a pace of 103.69 — that’s more than 103 …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment


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