Warriors coach Steve Kerr explains why no timeout was called in dying seconds of regulation vs. Clippers
Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr had the chance to call a timeout in the dying seconds of regulation against the Los Angeles Clippers, and set up a potential game-winning play to steal the road win. But he let his boys play it out, and they came away empty-handed on the possession.
The three-time champion coach usually trusts his players to make a play on the fly when the game is in the balance, especially if it’s tied like this one versus the Clippers. But, obviously, his judgment call didn’t work.
“I generally do that late in games,” Kerr said, per Anthony Slater of The Athletic. “If I had that one back, I’d call timeout because it didn’t work out. But it’s just a judgment call I make on the fly and we decided to let them go. We liked our momentum and like what we had on the floor. Just didn’t work out.”
With 10 ticks left in regulation and the game knotted at 106, the Warriors were able to get a stop and secure possession for one final shot to steal the road win. Draymond Green grabbed the rebound off a Lou Williams miss and raced down the floor. However, he took it upon himself to make a play and dribbled into three Clippers defenders before fumbling the ball as the clock hit triple-zeroes to drag the game into overtime.
The Dubs eventually let this one slip away, 121-116, as they played majority of the extra period without Kevin Durant, who fouled out with over three minutes left in overtime. The Warriors were also without superstar sniper Stephen Curry, who was out with a groin strain.
Golden State looks to bounce back against the Atlanta Hawks at home on Tuesday.