Video: Warriors had 7 players step on the floor in one sequence
The Golden State Warriors had seven players step on the floor during the fourth quarter of Game 2 of the 2019 NBA Finals.
With the Warriors leading the Toronto Raptors, 95-88, with 8:18 left to play, Andre Iguodala had the ball at the top of the key. He dished off to Quinn Cook, who drills his third trifecta of the game to put Golden State up by 10. It was Cook’s second triple in 28 seconds.
Raptors power forward Pascal Siakam tried to put a hand in Cook’s face, to no avail. Despite losing his balance and falling on the parquet floor, Cook still made the shot.
#Warriors had seven, I repeat seven, players on the floor when Cook hit his second three pointer. Basket should not have counted and should have been called a technical foul which means one foul shot for the #Raptors and the ball. #NBAFinals
— Harry (@hillouz22) June 3, 2019
As Cook got back up on his feet a few feet away from the Toronto bench, Stephen Curry came up to him on the sideline. The two did a chest bump as Raptors center Marc Gasol made his way to the scorer’s table. Another Golden State player, power forward Jordan Bell, gave Cook a tap on the back as the latter hustled back on defense.
Bear in mind the official’s didn’t whistle the play dead after Cook made his three-pointer. That means there were seven players – Shaun Livinston, Andre Iguodala, Demarcus Cousins, Klay Thompson, Quinn Cook, Stephen Curry, and Jordan Bell – on the floor at the same time.
This could be a first in NBA Finals history. It’s a bit surprising the referees didn’t notice Cook interacting and whooping it up with Curry and Bell on the sideline. Seven players on the floor should warrant a technical foul. A free throw could’ve helped the Raptors stymie the Warriors’ momentum somewhat.
Too little, too late, however. The injury-plagued Warriors went on to win, 109-104. The NBA Finals is now tied at one game apiece heading to Golden Stat’s Oracle Arena for Game 3.