Late in the first half of Friday’s game against the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Golden State Warriors led 63-57 and were hoping to build on that lead. Golden State’s Ty Jerome drove toward the lane and attempted a shot from the right side. That’s when things went haywire.
Jerome’s shot missed. His teammate, Kevon Looney, was in position to tip the ball back in, but that also missed. Looney then tried to secure the ball and in the process, ended up spiking the ball into the ground. The ball bounced toward the baseline and Looney saved it from going out of bounds. In saving it, he passed the ball to teammate Anthony Lamb — who had a wide-open three-point attempt — which also missed.
At that point, Golden State’s Donte DiVincenzo went to the ground to secure the ball and attempted to pass the ball out. But Cleveland’s Darius Garland got the ball instead — or at least appeared to. To this point, this blooper was almost exclusively a Warriors thing. The Cavaliers must have felt left out.
Garland instantly began fumbling with the ball on his way to the ground, leading to another loose ball. Golden State got it back when Jerome dove for the loose ball and passed it out to Lamb.
While all of this was going on, DiVincenzo was still lying in the same spot where he had gone to the ground seconds earlier. Only, with the play back in Golden State’s offensive zone, he had to get out of the way. He was helped up and eventually got clear of the lane. With that, order seemed to be getting restored. Jordan Poole eventually got the ball and attempted a jumper from the foul line. It missed, barely even touching the rim. The Cavaliers rebounded, ending the wild possession.
All that work for…nothing.pic.twitter.com/jiAv2uNDfz
— The Comeback (@thecomeback) January 21, 2023
Basketball fans watching had a good laugh at this wild sequence.
Good times in The Land https://t.co/sMS8RFfX2o
— Monte Poole (@MontePooleNBCS) January 21, 2023
This entire sequence needs the Benny Hill theme https://t.co/6qZAGZTuTA
— Matt Leland (@MattLeland) January 21, 2023
What in the world? https://t.co/CsG9PMFSbY
— 💚💛🏈 Brooke (fan account) 🏀🏒 (@_Brooke22) January 21, 2023
— KNBR (@KNBR) January 21, 2023
To the best of our knowledge, this isn’t a real-life Space Jam situation. We don’t believe that aliens came down and sapped the talent away from the 10 players on the floor. Though, we also wouldn’t blame you if you thought otherwise.
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