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Here’s a look back at last night’s stunning Warriors victory over the Heat, featuring some in-depth analysis on Draymond Green’s game-winning shot.
The first returns on All-Star ballots were announced by the NBA today. And guess who was missing from the list? Your Golden State Warriors.
For as much complaining as Warriors fans do about their players being All-Star snubs, they seem to refuse to vote. It would be different if Golden State fans didn’t put much stock into All-Star selections. That would be noble and the lack of voting excused. But that’s not the case.
Every year, Warriors fans gripe about a player of theirs being overlooked. From Jason Richardson to Baron Davis to Monta Ellis. They’re always crying bias when the Warriors’ best player isn’t selected. But the complaining doesn’t lead to voting.
This year, is another example.
The Warriors are now 5-0 on the road trip. They are 8 games above .500. They are on the lips of NBA buzz. All thanks to Wednesday’s 97-95 win over the defending champs.
In the final seconds, and with the game tied at 95, Warriors guard Jarrett Jack dribbled away the clock as guards Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson maneuvered off screens to get open. All game long, Miami focused on limiting Curry. Thompson became their focus in the second half too after Thompson lit the Heat up for 21 first-half points.
Paying so much attention to the Warriors’ shooters, Miami forgot about Green.Miami’s Shane Battier, helping out Wade, jumped out on Thompson, leaving Green wide open. Jack saw it and zipped a jump pass inside. Green, in one motion while in mid-air, caught it and banked in the layup with nine-tenths of a second remaining.
Here is the final play in the words of those who experienced it.
“Off the first (cut) I thought I was open. Then I looked back and Wade was on my backside. I tried to come off the other side but by the time I looked at JJack, he had already zeroed in on Draymond. Great playcall by coach to realize we had two threats to come off screen.”
“They helped a little bit too hard on Klay and Draymond was able to set the screen. Something that we’ve talked about all week because we know they’re a big-time show team. I saw him down low. He did the hard part: making the basket.”
“With the last shot, the coach didn’t point out who specifically was going to be taking the shot. He said we’re going to find who’s open and we’r egoing to make the best play. … Of course guys are going to go with Klay and Steph.“I just happened to be wide open.”
“I give Jarrett Jack a lot of credit. He nursed it, milked it, and Draymond Green did a good job of flashing and finishing.”
“Typically, there is always weak-side healp. They occupied that weak side and nobody saw it. Shane (Battier) made a read, but as a team we didn’t make up for that mishap. We just have to have each other’s back down the stretch.”
“Big play. Big time”
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MIAMI — For those who didn’t believe the Warriors were for real, perhaps a win over the defending NBA champs will change some minds.
“This is who we are,” Warriors coach Mark Jackson said. “We’re a different team. Everybody knows it.”
Golden State celebrated on the floor of AmericanAirlines Arena after surviving with a 97-95 win over the Miami Heat on Wednesday night. And, fittingly for such an improbable victory, the game-winning basket was made by someone nobody expected: rookie forward Draymond Green.
“Of course guys are going to go with Klay and Steph,” Green said. “I just happened to be wide open.”
If you think for a moment Miami is sleep on this game, you’d better think again.
The Warriors have won 7 of their last 8 games. Point guard Stephen Curry is playing at a level where people are mentioning his name in the MVP race. Forward David Lee is garnering All-Star buzz and silencing his steadfast critics. Golden State is playing defense like never before.
And Miami is aware of it all. So if the Warriors do pull off the upset, they will have to earn it. Here is a transcript from today’s Heat shootaround.
Coming into this road trip, most would’ve said a 4-3 trip was a success. A 3-4 road trip would have been understandable.
After the Warriors’ 101-97 win at Washington on Saturday, they reached understandable. Now they go into Monday’s game at Charlotte (7-12) looking to make this trip a success.
It was an ugly game. Both team traveled into Washington after Friday night games, and the play looked like it.
Still, Golden State escaped unscathed. They won a game they should have, preserving the value of Friday’s upset at Brooklyn.
Golden State is 13-7, their best start since the 1991-92 season. The Warriors haven’t won the first three games of abroad trip since 1993.
STEPHEN CURRY: “We’ve got good momentum now. The team’s playing well. We’re finding all sorts of different ways to win.”
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