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The 5 Best Defensive Options For Guarding Stephen Curry

Cary Edmondson | USA TODAY Sports

Stephen Curry, by almost all accounts, is an unsolvable problem for the Cleveland Cavaliers. NBA legends have called him the best shooter ever, the dominant western conference has struggled to contain him, and he is the MVP of the league on a historically successful Golden State Warriors team. He both handles the ball and sprints off screens on almost every possession, so the Cavs defense will need to be prepared. Here are our five best options for containing Steph Curry.

5. J.R. Smith, SG/SF

JR Smith’s play on defense has not been talked about enough this year. He has tendencies to ball watch on defense, but he has accepted the challenge of shutting down his man on several occasions. JR on Curry is not the match up that we want for long stretches late in games, but if he switches on to him with the shot clock running down, it won’t be as much of a drop off as you might think. He is long and athletic like Shumpert, and capable of playing great defense in short stretches.

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