Washington Wizards guard Brandon Jennings defended his flagrant-1 foul of Golden State Warriors center JaVale McGee on Sunday, saying the Warriors were "disrespectful" late in their 139-115 win.
"It was very disrespectful," Jennings told reporters of McGee's shooting a three in the waning seconds. "Thank God he didn't go to the rack; it probably would have been worse for him. But any time like that, I think you should let [the] clock run out. I think it was already disrespectful that they were trying to get Draymond [Green] a triple-double, Steph [Curry] was out there with 40. So, I just felt it was disrespectful.
"I'm old school. Like I said, he better be glad he shot that three and didn't go to the basket."
McGee launched a three with 6.9 seconds remaining on the game clock. There were 4.8 seconds on the shot clock, so he was risking a shot-clock violation if he did not shoot. In most cases, the team blowing out an opponent will simply take the penalty.
The Warriors, who have won 11 straight games, made a number of odd calls down the stretch. Stephen Curry and Draymond Green played deep into the fourth quarter against the Wizards bench despite the game not being remotely in question.
Curry scored five points in the final three minutes to give him a game-high 42. Green had 11 points, 12 rebounds and 13 assists, reaching the triple-double pinnacle after hitting a three with 34 seconds remaining.
"Yep, totally agree," Wizards guard John Wall told reporters when asked whether he agreed the Warriors were being disrespectful. "Whenever a team is up like that, supposedly, you just hold the ball and take a shot-clock violation. So, what Brandon did, I don't think it was dirty. I think it was the right play. You don't let nobody try to embarrass you, and I think that's what they were trying to do."
Warriors coach Steve Kerr said he disagreed with McGee's decision to shoot the three and apologized to Wizards coach Scott Brooks after the game.
"[The closing seconds were] kind of strange," Kerr said. "I think JaVale should not have taken that three. When you have a lead like that, you shouldn't be shooting three-pointers. I told him that. I think he understands that.
"I don't have a problem taking a shot when there is a shot-clock differential. I never understood why a team would be offended if there is a shot-clock deferential. We dribble out the clock and take a turnover? I don't think you should shoot a three, either. I guess that [is] what Jennings was upset about. I was uncomfortable with the way it ended."
For his part, McGee was unfazed by the whole situation. He said he was "glad" Jennings fouled him because he otherwise would have air-balled the shot.