Warrior’s, Stephen Curry’s plan backfired when a called a timeout they didn’t have and nearly cost Golden State a crucial playoff game.
Despite the error, the Warriors won over the Kings by 126-125.
“I ain’t gonna lie, I thought it was the smartest play in the world,” Curry said, “When I grabbed the ball and turned around and saw the trap, realized there was no real outlets instead of turning it over, it’s kind of the heady play but it turned out not to be. I looked over at the bench and everyone was shaking their head, so it was an unfortunate situation in that respect.”
The error gave the Kings four points — a made technical foul and a subsequent De’Aaron Fox 3-pointer to bring the Kings within one.
“Thankfully we came away with the win but good learning lesson on how important all those details are. We know it but knowing timeouts, knowing the situation, it was just an unfortunate sequence right there,” Curry added.
Coach Steve Kerr however took responsibility for the ill-advised timeout, for not advising his team that they were out of timeouts.
“We took the challenge and when the challenge was unsuccessful, as we were exiting the huddle, it’s on me. I’ve got to remind the guys, we’re out of timeouts and I didn’t say that, and so Steph wasn’t aware. That’s on me for not making that clear.”
“There’s no time to be angry or frustrated. You just have to keep going, and our guys did that. We made some incredible stops down the stretch,” Kerr said.