Draymond Green is one of the most active players in the NBA. In almost every context involving his results, this needs to be noted, but it is particularly noticeable in the rare moments in which he makes a mistake. Things like this don’t often happen to Draymond, but even the best players are prone to the occasional gaffe.
With his Warriors down 103-100, Draymond’s came with 8.7 seconds left on the clock. To tie the game, Golden State needed a 3-pointer, but Green, either because he thought the Warriors had less time to deal with or because he felt he had been fouled for some unknowable reason, hoisted up a 3-pointer miracle from near the half-court line as soon as he caught the inbounds pass.
On the attempt, Draymond would have expected a foul. When Golden State wanted three, it would have put him on the line for two free-throws. But betting on the expectation for the whole game was not Golden State’s plan. The Warriors should play the possession to get a better shot or play the foul game, hoping that Green made all of his shots and that San Antonio missed one of theirs and then tried again. The shot was about as low an outcome as Golden State might have wished for on the possession, no matter the justification.
But Green is human, and now and then, even the NBA’s best players make mistakes like this. Green had a famous one on the floor, like J.R. After Game 1 of the 2018 NBA Finals, Smith forgot the score. The next season, Smith’s teammate, LeBron James, threw an inbound pass off his backboard. Mistakes are part of basketball, and Green’s uncommon one helped San Antonio walk away tonight with a win.