Buddy Hield on Not Shooting 3 vs. Warriors: 'I Should've Pulled That B---h'

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured ColumnistFebruary 22, 2019

Sacramento Kings' Buddy Hield, center, gestures to coach Dave Joerger, right, during the second half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Golden State Warriors on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
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After his team dropped a tough 125-123 decision to the Golden State Warriors on Thursday night, Sacramento Kings guard Buddy Hield was left wondering what could have been.

With his team trailing by two in the final seconds, Hield had an open look from three-point range for the win but instead opted to try to drive the ball before settling for a fadeaway jumper, which came up short. He let it be known after the game that he regretted not pulling the trigger, per 95.7 The Fan:

95.7 The Game @957thegame

“I should’ve pulled that b*%+*.” Buddy Hield isn’t mincing any words about the final possession of the game. https://t.co/1fV76QYuy2

"I should've pulled that b---h," Hield told reporters.

It would've been a deep three-pointer, but for someone shooting 44.6 percent from distance this season and who just participated in the All-Star Three-Point Contest last weekend, it may have been the Kings' best chance. Then again, Hield was just 2-of-8 on treys on the night, though he still had 19 points and seven rebounds.

It's important to point out Hield had just hit a shot from similar range moments before to make it a one-possession game—and that led to a conversation with Dave Joerger:

Bleacher Report @BleacherReport

Buddy Hield hit a deep clutch three, argued with his coach, then hesitated on the game-winner Postgame: “I should have pulled that b---h” https://t.co/S6wxchtNTw

That confrontation wasn't lost on Portland Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard:

Damian Lillard @Dame_Lillard

Maybe if his coach didn’t yell at him for MAKING the same shot he would have shot the mf... https://t.co/uqtT7L8yMu

As Sacramento looks to end a 12-year playoff drought, every contest is crucial. The loss drops the Kings (30-28) to 1.5 games back of the eighth-seed Los Angeles Clippers in the Western Conference with 24 games to play. Meanwhile, they sit just one game ahead of the 10th-place Los Angeles Lakers.