Photo shows Warriors’ Draymond Green blocked Kyle Lowry’s game-winning attempt
A photo has revealed that Draymond Green of the Golden State Warriors deflected the winning shot attempt by Kyle Lowry at the end of Game 5 of the NBA Finals. The shot, if made, would have won the game and given the Toronto Raptors their first championship in franchise history.
See the remarkable photo below posted by Scott Strazzante of the San Francisco Chronicle:
@warriors Draymond Green deflects a last second game-winning attempt by @Raptors Kyle Lowry preserving Golden State's 106-105 win in Game 5 of #NBAFinals @Money23Green #nba #basketball @sfchronicle photo by @ScottStrazzante pic.twitter.com/zbkxtk2sTT
— Scott Strazzante (@ScottStrazzante) June 11, 2019
Initially, the play simply looked like an instance in which Kyle Lowry was way off the mark. But the photo revealed that Draymond Green covered a lot of ground and did not merely challenge the shot. He actually blocked it.
What adds to the greatness of the photo — regardless of which team you are rooting for in this series — is that between the bodies and arms of Green and Lowry, meeting on the mountaintop, is the face of Warriors majority owner Joe Lacob, looking at the play which was either going to end his team’s season or forge one of the more special wins in the Dubs’ storied history.
Green’s deflection was the final play in a string of defensive stops the Warriors created to half the Raptors’ run. Kawhi Leonard led the Raptors’ charge with a couple of 3-pointers and perimeter shots. This sent the home crowd at Scotiabank Arena in a frenzy. The Raptors and Kyle Lowry, up 103-97 near the three-minute mark of regulation, were just a few successful offensive possessions from booting out the champions.
Characteristically, the Warriors looked unshaken by pressure. They kept running their sets on the offensive end which resulted in big shots by Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. On the defensive end, Andre Iguodala and Draymond Green made the right plays and rotations. The momentum Leonard started was cut short by the Warriors’ defensive stands. Green’s block served as the exclamation point.
The series is now at 3-2. Game 6 will be in Oracle Arena. Will the Warriors match the defensive efforts which saved them in Game 5? Or will the Raptors have an answer?