The Golden State Warriors trailed the San Antonio Spurs 103-100 with 8.7 seconds remaining on Monday night, when Draymond Green received an inbounds pass just in front of half-court.
With roughly eight seconds to work with, and with Steph Curry also on the floor, Green threw up a wild shot from near half-court and bricked it. The Warriors lost 105-100.
Draymond attempted a game-tying shot from near half court and missed.
Warriors lose pic.twitter.com/ENPof64vVx
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) February 9, 2021
As the Warriors’ announcers for NBC Sports Bay Area explained, Green thought he could draw a shooting foul, which would result in three shots.
After the game, Green called it “the smartest dumb play in history.” He added that it was a “very smart play that ended up being dumb as hell.”
"I feel like that was the smartest dumb play in history… very smart play that ended up being dumb as h–l." pic.twitter.com/T1szjBdYx9
— Warriors on NBCS (@NBCSWarriors) February 9, 2021
It’s worth noting that Green was 0-for-2 on free-throws in the game, and is shooting 76.0% from the charity stripe this season (to go with 71.1% for his career). So the odds of him making three straight free-throws wouldn’t be great even if he’d gotten the foul call. But his thinking is at least understandable, even if the decision was quite questionable- again, especially with Curry on the floor. Heck, look at how Curry ended the first quarter in this very game:
STEPH CURRY LOL pic.twitter.com/pgJsypuvhP
— Chanodesigns (@chanodesigns) February 9, 2021
The Warriors fall to .500 (12-12) with the loss and face the Spurs (14-10) again on Tuesday night in San Antonio.