What happened in Warriors’ late-game collapse, per Jordan Poole and Steve Kerr
A crucial turnover by Andrew Wiggins played a key role in the loss. With the Warriors down one and under two minutes to play, Wiggins got trapped at half court near the out of bounds line and wildly tossed the ball across the court, only for Grayson Allen to notch a steal and slam to give the Grizzlies a three-point lead.
It was a moment Steve Kerr and the Warriors wish they could have back. Kerr addressed the media about this play in his postgame interview.
“I should have taken a timeout. … I should have run on the court and taken a timeout,” Kerr told ClutchPoints.
Kerr was visually disturbed after losing this game, but it wasn’t necessarily about the play involving Wiggins late in the game.
“I was disappointed we let them off the hook. … We didn’t seize the opportunity. I thought we lost the game in the second quarter. That’s what I was frustrated about,” Kerr said.
Jordan Poole had another incredible game, scoring 26 points and nearly carrying the Warriors to victory in Curry’s absence. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough to avoid a disappointing defeat.
“We felt like we had it,” Poole said. “We were neck and neck. Obviously, they’re a good team, and credit to the Grizzlies. We have to find ways to pull it out at the end of the game, find ways to get the win, and execute down the stretch.”
They hope to get their superstar in Curry back soon, but there is still uncertainty when he’ll return from his tailbone injury.