The Golden State Warriors losing to the Boston Celtics by a score of 110-88 was hardly the biggest takeaway from the game. A wild second-quarter sequence from Marcus Smart is what this game will be remembered by.
After diving for a loose ball, removing Stephen Curry from the game due to foot soreness in the process, Smart follows the Warriors' ensuing fast break and jumps to block Klay Thompson's shot attempt. Thompson hesitates and Smart goes flying by but sticks his right foot out as he falls and hooks Thompson's arm.
Here's the play Steve Kerr was upset about.
Stephen Curry's leg was rolled up on by a diving Marcus Smart.pic.twitter.com/dhGbqDgYIM
— ClutchPoints (@ClutchPointsApp) March 17, 2022
After the game, Draymond Green discussed the play. The Warriors star said that he wouldn't call Smart's dive dirty, though he would say it was unnecessary. He also said that the kick on Thompson wasn't a big deal, admitting that he had done that before and is something that can just happen in the craziness of a basketball game.
Draymond on Smart kicking Klay: "I saw the kick, but shit happens. I've kicked somebody before. It is what it is."
— Jared Weiss (@JaredWeissNBA) March 17, 2022
Green and Smart truly are cut from the same cloth, as both players are fantastic defenders that tip-toe the line between hard defense and excessive physicality. The Celtics' defensive captain said that he enjoys the challenge of going up against players like Curry and the Warriors' former Defensive Player of the Year feels the same way.
The Celtics and Warriors split their season series after the Boston win. Smart and the Celtis continue their ascent up the Eastern Conference and are now fourth while the Warriors remain third in the Western Conference.