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Breaking down Steph Curry's shot

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Kids! Want to learn to be an elite shooter? Copy Steph Curry's quick release, tucked elbows, and low jump.

His gauge is so accurate:

Curry is unique in his ability to assess a shot. It happens instantaneously: A calculation occurs to tell him what angle to shoot the ball and how much strength he needs to put behind it.

Perhaps these equations are memorized, but the variables -- where he is on the court, how far he is from the basket, how much time he has to get the shot off -- are fluid and require expertise to gauge accurately.

"That's how you know he's putting in the work," said NBA TV analyst Dennis Scott, a formidable 3-point shooter in his day. "All those years at NBA shootarounds and getting up shots. All the shots he has practiced in his life. You can tell the amount of time he's put into developing his shot."

Miami Heat defenders LeBron James (6) and Norris Cole (30) watch as Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry looses a three-point shot during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif. The Heat won, 111-110. (D. Ross Cameron/Bay Area News Group) ( D. ROSS CAMERON ) Curry is adept at deciphering how to shoot from every spot on the floor. This skill is best illustrated in his pull-up 3-pointers in transition -- even from the wing, where angles can get tricky -- and when he hits shots with defenders draped all over him.

"You can't defend that," Miami guard Mario Chalmers said after Curry lit up the Heat for 36 points, including eight 3-pointers, last month.

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