Every now and then there comes a play in the NBA which just leaves you baffled as to what the player was thinking. Draymond Green of the Golden State Warriors provided us with one such moment in last night’s 105-100 loss to the San Antonio Spurs.
With the game having just over eight seconds left and the Warriors having Stephen Curry on the field. You know, the guy who hits 3-pointers in his sleep, the Warriors needed a 3-point score to tie the game.
Curry had already hit 32 points in the game. He is widely regarded as the best 3-point shooter in NBA history.
With the ball on the sideline, Damion Lee waited as the players move around the court to find space and he sent the ball infield to Draymond Green who received the ball just inside the Spurs half.
With around six seconds remaining, did Green, who had recorded 10 rebounds and 10 assists alongside his seven points (none of which came from three-pointers) try and find the man who would most likely tie the game and send it into overtime?
No; this is what he did:
Did Draymond have Spurs -2?
— Barstool Sportsbook (@BSSportsbook) February 9, 2021
What makes this all the more confusing and somewhat amusing, unless you are a Warriors fan of course, is the commentators bemusement. He pretty much summed up the feelings of every fan watching this game.
I mean, if you are going to ask someone to sink a three-pointer in the dying seconds of a game from by the halfway line, there are probably around, at a conservative estimate, 50 million people in the United States you would likely pick ahead of Draymond Green.
Defensively, Green is an absolute stalwart of the Warriors team and his organizational skills and willingness to the small, often unnoticed, dirty work for the team on defense to allow the likes of Curry and Kelly Oubre Jr to shine and make the eye-catching and point-scoring plays.
But he isn’t and has never been a heavy scorer, indeed his lack of points in games has become something of a running joke amongst NBA fans over the years.
draymond with 10 seconds left and the best shooter of all time on his team: pic.twitter.com/bkz66bDlyi
— buckets (@buckets) February 9, 2021
What Was Green Thinking?
The question trending on Twitter this morning has been what Draymond Green was thinking when he attempted the shot which effectively ended any Warrior’s hopes of salvaging something from the game.
Was the center confused about how much time was left on the clock? Did he not expect to receive the ball and panic, rather than try to find a teammate much closer to the hoop and with a much better field goal percentage?
Did he just have a momentary lapse of reason? Who knows?
What we do know is that the shot missed by a relative mile and the Spurs were then able to pick up a foul, sink two more free-throws to make the game safe at 105-100.
He won’t have too long to dwell on it. The two teams lock horns again later tonight as the Warriors complete a four-game trip on the road where so far, they have picked up just one win (against the Dallas Mavericks in the first of those games).
Betting On Tonights Warriors V Spurs Rematch
A quick look at the betting on tonight’s game with DraftKings Sportsbook reveals that the Spursare the -1.5 favourites to win the game with the Warriors +1.5. It is a game though that is really too close to call as last night’s encounter showed.
My pick here though would be the Warriors. They split their opening double header of this road trip with the Mavericks and I think they will gain revenge here and pick up the win.
Especially if they decide not to let Draymond Green take the game-clinching shot from the halfway line once again.