Draymond Green on Late 3-Point Attempt vs Spurs: 'Smartest Dumb Play in History'

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistFebruary 9, 2021

Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green against the Boston Celtics during an NBA basketball game in San Francisco, Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2021. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
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Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green provided his typical level of candor to explain what happened in the final moments of his team's 105-100 defeat to the San Antonio Spurs.  

With 8.2 seconds remaining and the Warriors down three, Green heaved up a shot from just inside the half-court line.

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Draymond attempted a game-tying shot from near half court and missed. Warriors lose https://t.co/ENPof64vVx

The three-time All-Star seemed to indicate his thought process was sound but that the outcome was obviously bad:

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"I feel like that was the smartest dumb play in history... very smart play that ended up being dumb as h--l." https://t.co/T1szjBdYx9

Green obviously thought he was going to be fouled on the shot, thus sending him to the charity stripe with a chance to tie the game. Warriors head coach Steve Kerr explained how the plan had a glaring flaw:

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Steve Kerr: "The Spurs generally do not foul in those situations. Probably my fault for not informing the team that the Spurs don't usually foul (up three late)."

Many have commented on how basketball at all levels is experiencing a Stephen Curry effect as players look to emulate the two-time MVP. In case he needed reminding, Monday showed why Green is better off leaving the Curry-esque long-range threes to his teammate.