Draymond Green, Klay Thompson defend teammate JaVale McGee after he was pushed at end of game
The Golden State Warriors finished out the sweep of a five-games-in-eight-nights end-of-the-season stretch, but not before some animosity set in during the dying seconds of the fourth quarter against the Washington Wizards on Sunday night.
Up by 22 and with six seconds to go, the Warriors passed the ball around the perimeter, ultimately finding center JaVale McGee, who took a right corner three in order to avoid the team’s 18th turnover of the game, which had been played at breakneck speed for all four quarters.
McGee was consequently pushed out of bounds by Brandon Jennings as he came down from the jump shot, thinking the Warriors center was attempting to run up the score in a relative landslide of a game. He was assessed a Flagrant 1 foul and McGee shot three free throws, with the Warriors icing out the remaining seconds of the game with the last possession.
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“We had to shoot a shot or take a turnover,” forward Draymond Green told NBC Bay Area, following an 11-12-13 triple-double effort on Sunday. “We always shoot the ball in that situation. We don’t really take turnovers. Whether you shoot a two or a three, it’s a shot.”
“I think because it was JaVale, people may say it’s disrespectful. But JaVale actually works on it. I’m not in favor of him working on it, but he works on that every day.”
While Green’s excuse makes sense, Jennings’ angle has a bit of sense to it. The Wizards sat out star point guard John Wall for the entire fourth quarter, while Golden State’s Stephen Curry came in at his usual time (and up 13 points), only to put his finishing touches on a 42-point, eight-assist, nine-trey performance.
Kerr kept his main starters in until the last minute, including Green, who didn’t get his 11th point of the game until a last-minute three-point basket — sealing yet another triple-double outing.
Jennings felt it was a way for the Warriors to try and embarrass them, though shooting guard Klay Thompson vehemently disagreed.
“What’s JaVale supposed to do? Let the clock run out and get a turnover? It’s basketball,” Thompson said.