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Earlier this week, one Reddit user proposed an insane yet totally reasonable strategy for how the Golden State Warriors should run their offense: simply set up the other four offensive players in a circle around Steph Curry and have them lock arms.
Ok I know I’ve slandered NBA reddit but I take it back this is the best idea I’ve ever seen pic.twitter.com/ktINknzef2— kang 👎 (@jaycaspiankang) June 11, 2018
The hilarious theory spread across the internet, with fans wondering, Why doesn't a team actually try this? Tuesday night, we got out answer. The official NBA Referees' Twitter account actually responded to the idea and explained why the offensive team would all but certainly commit a foul if it attempted such a strategy.
Here we go... The defender has the right to be between his opponent and the basket. The other players around Curry would inevitably have to move to stay with him, and would be committing an illegal screen as soon as they made contact with a defender. cc @PabloTorre @pardisparker https://t.co/Qt6NhYUaVz— NBA Referees (@OfficialNBARefs) June 13, 2018
Bummer. This would have been fun to watch. And that Redditor still deserves props for creativity.
Curry didn't need four screeners surrounding him to flourish this season. He averaged 26.4 points, 6.1 assists, and 5.1 rebounds per game. He may have at least entered the MVP conversation (not that he would've won the award) if he had been healthy all season.
Curry came up clutch when his team needed him the most. In this year's Finals, he averaged 27.5 points per game and shot 42 percent from three-point range.