SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Stephen Curry thought he had an ideal plan, till it backfired.
The reigning NBA Finals MVP referred to as a timeout the defending champions didn’t have — and practically price Golden State a vital playoff recreation.
The Warriors held on to beat the Kings anyway.
“I ain’t gonna lie, I assumed it was the neatest play on this planet,” Curry stated after a 126-125 victory that evened the best-of-seven first-round collection with Sacramento at 2-all.
“Once I grabbed the ball and circled and noticed the entice, realized there was no actual retailers as an alternative of turning it over, it’s form of the heady play but it surely turned out to not be. I appeared over on the bench and everybody was shaking their head, so it was an unlucky scenario in that respect.”
Coach Steve Kerr took accountability for the ill-advised timeout.
“We took the problem and when the problem was unsuccessful, as we have been exiting the huddle, it’s on me,” Kerr stated. “I’ve received to remind the fellows, we’re out of timeouts and I didn’t say that, and so Steph wasn’t conscious. That’s on me for not making that clear.”
Essentially the most well-known extreme timeout in basketball historical past got here within the NCAA championship recreation on April 5, 1993, when Michigan’s Chris Webber referred to as a timeout the Wolverines didn’t have late in a loss to North Carolina. Webber went on to star for the Kings.
Curry — who scored 32 factors — referred to as the timeout with 42.4 seconds left and Malik Monk made the technical free throw to tug Sacramento inside 126-122 then De’Aaron Fox hit a 3 with 28.7 seconds remaining. Harrison Barnes missed a 3 on the buzzer that may have gained the sport for the Kings.
“Fortunately we got here away with the win however good studying lesson on how vital all these particulars are,” Curry stated. “We all know it however realizing timeouts, realizing the scenario, it was simply an unlucky sequence proper there.”
Golden State had unsuccessfully challenged an offensive foul referred to as towards Kevon Looney with 2:14 remaining, dropping a timeout.
Looney rebounded a miss by Monk and handed the ball to Curry earlier than the miscue. Looney stated no one was conscious of the timeout rely.
“I used to be truly stunned like all people else,” Looney stated.
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