When playing against the team with one of the best shooters in NBA history, it’s probably a good idea for the defenders to always keep their eyes on him.
During the game between the Golden State Warriors and Atlanta Hawks on Monday night, Dwight Howard and Dennis Schroder learned that lesson the hard way. With 9:41 left in the third quarter, the two were seen arguing about a defensive lapse in their previous play. Stephen Curry decided to take advantage of the situation as he drilled a three-point basket while the two Hawks were bickering.
While Dwight & Dennis argue….the greatest shooter in NBA history is chilling wide open behind the three-point line 😂 pic.twitter.com/1DNaB6B8b3
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) March 7, 2017
That shot gave the Dubs the lead and the momentum shifted to their side, forcing the Hawks head coach Mike Budenholzer to call a timeout and debrief with his two arguing stars. In the end, he ended up benching Dennis Schroder for the rest of the game for ‘disciplinary reasons’. Here’s his full quote from after the game:
"Just a coach’s decision – we need to learn to play together and stay together for 48 minutes"
— FOX Sports: Hawks (@HawksOnFSSE) March 7, 2017
Stephen Curry and the Warriors had the last laugh of the night as they completed a come-from-behind victory, 119-111. More importantly for the Dubs, it ended their first back-to-back losing streak for the first time in two years.
The Hawks on the other hand have now lost three consecutive games and distanced themselves even further from the Toronto Raptors, who they are chasing for the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference.