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Lakers Lockdown: Vanderbilt's Vital Role in Taming Curry

Updated: May 1, 2023

After defeating the Memphis Grizzlies, the Los Angeles Lakers are heading to the second round of the NBA playoffs. Their next challenge? The reigning champions, the Golden State Warriors, and superstar Stephen Curry. Lakers' secret weapon, Jarred Vanderbilt, has proven his defensive prowess against top guards and now faces Curry.

Previously, Vanderbilt was tasked with guarding the Grizzlies' star point guard, Ja Morant. Despite Morant's explosive Game 3 performance, Vanderbilt increased his pressure and physicality, forcing Morant into difficult shots or turnovers. By Game 6, he held Morant to just 12 points.

To tackle Curry, Vanderbilt will need the same relentless approach. He must stay close, fight over screens, contest every shot, and communicate effectively with teammates. Curry, a more lethal shooter than Morant, won't have an easy time against Vanderbilt, who'll make him work for every point.

While Vanderbilt can't stop Curry entirely, he'll aim to contain him as much as possible and contribute offensively. After shutting down Morant, Vanderbilt is ready for the challenge of defending Curry and playing a crucial role in the Lakers' playoff journey.


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