Warriors’ Damion Lee reveals rogue play-call with Kevon Looney in case Stephen Curry gets blocked off
It was Damion Lee who came up as the unlikely hero for the Golden State Warriors on Sunday night, as the fourth-year guard knocked down a game-winning three from top of the key to help the Dubs grab their first win of the season against the Chicago Bulls.
Thanks to Lee’s go-ahead bucket, the Warriors now find themselves in the win column after their dreadful 0-2 start to the 2020-21 season.
After the game, Lee broke down the unexpected play-call he drew up with Warriors teammate Kevon Looney ahead of the clutch basket.
“I basically told Loon [Looney] coming out of the timeout ‘if I count to four and give you eye contact, just come back and we’ll play the hand back and whatever happens, happens’,” Lee explained (via Wes Goldberg of the Bay Area News Group). “It worked out not the way that we planned it, but we got the win anyway.”
Damion Lee explains the process of the game-winning shot tonight. "Not the way that we planned it, but we got the win anyway." pic.twitter.com/TeH7V1VIZJ
— Wes Goldberg (@wcgoldberg) December 28, 2020
Here’s Lee channeling his inner Stephen Curry with his huge game-winner:
Damion Lee WINS IT for the Warriors 🔥🔥
What a clutch shot.pic.twitter.com/vWKYcAuiMt
— ClutchPoints (@ClutchPointsApp) December 28, 2020
Every basketball fan knows that the inbounder is always one of the most dangerous players on a clutch play like this, and that was certainly the case on Sunday night. With Curry and Andrew Wiggins both being denied the entry pass, Lee had the presence of mind to go to Looney and set-up a hand-off play between the two of them–perfectly setting up his fourth triple of the game.
After grabbing their first win, Curry had to tip his hat to his brother-in-law who came up huge for Warriors Nation. He explained that even though the last play was drawn up for him or Wiggins to get the ball, Lee obviously made the right decision and made the most out of a broken play.
Steph Curry says the drawn up inbounds was to get Wiggins the ball in the corner or him the ball coming off the pick to the wing. Praises the work Lee did to get a great look out of a broken play.
— Golden State of Mind (@unstoppablebaby) December 28, 2020
Three games into this season, Lee is slowly earning his minutes for the Warriors with his efficiency from deep. Aside from Curry, Damion Lee has been one of the better shooters out of Steve Kerr’s line-up so far this season and has knocked down 7-of-10 from 3-point distance after three games.