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CJ McCollum explains what makes Warriors so tough to face

CJ McCollum

The Golden State Warriors are tough to play not just because of their superstars, but because of their style of play, and CJ McCollum got a first-hand taste of that during the Western Conference Finals.

McCollum admitted that playing the Warriors is tough largely because of how synchronized they are on the court.

“The biggest difference you see with the Warriors compared to everybody else is how aligned they are,” McCollum said on the “Pull Up” podcast, via Drew Shiller of NBC Sports Bay Area. “Obviously, they’ve had some issues off the court this season. But once they step on that court, the communication is there. The understanding of where everyone is supposed to be is there consistently.

“You don’t ever really see them have crazy lapses. Offensively, constant movement off the ball and everyone is always looking to get Steph open; always looking to screen for Klay. And when they’re open, the ball is delivered on time and on target consistently.”

It’s this sort of thing that has allowed the debate to take hold over whether the Warriors are better without Kevin Durant, once which Durant addressed on Friday. It’s also why they’ll still be formidable even if he departs via free agency.


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