So, Anthony Morrow promises he wasn’t scared. He said he passed up that dagger shot, that 3 from the corner that would’ve sealed the win in style, because his “basketball instincts took over.”
Recap: Warriors had the ball up 101-98 inside of the 30 seconds. Ellis had dribbled the shot clock down to kill time. A few passes later, Morrow found himself with the ball in the corner. He had a look, but passed it up to let the defender fly by. He stepped back into the 3, but didn’t take it. Instead, he passed it to Corey Maggette, who flung it up just before the shot clock expired. The Celtics got the rebound and called the timeout with 6.9 seconds remaining.
Nellie was livid, screaming at Morrow as he walked to the bench. What was he saying?
MORROW: “He said, ‘You’ve got to shoot that.” In so many words.'”
NELLIE: “The first time I’ve ever seen Morrow turn down a three. Perfect pass. Perfect timing with five seconds to go on the 24-second shot clock. What was he thinking? Was he thinking he was in there for defensive purposes? That’s the game-winner there? I just couldn’t believe it. But, anyway, he’s a young player and I don’t think he would do that again.”
Morrow said he would shoot that 10 times out of 10 from now on. He said he wasn’t looking at the shot clock. He saw Rasheed Wallace charging at him, so he made the extra pass. He said he wasn’t trying to kill Maggette’s percentages instead of his own.
Maggette chimed into our interview with Morrow and, with a laugh, offered his own theory about why Morrow passed up the shot.
MAGGETTE: “I’m the better shooter, that’s why he passed it. That’s all.”