Draymond Green was not pleased with Jordan Poole for stealing Steph Curry’s 50-point opportunity Sunday in Game 3 of the NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors.
Here’s how it went down. Curry delivered his 50th of the series, after 50 straight games at 50, with 30 seconds left in the game, his on-again, off-again partner, Draymond Green, in the box. Golden State’s Kevin Durant was on defense, and they were ready to put up the big shot when Dahntay Jones tried to block a deep 3-pointer from Curry. Green was in foul trouble, and with time running out, Curry broke free for a step-back jumper from the corner, which would have made it 55-49 for Golden State with 35 seconds left.
When Jones failed to get to the line, Green threw down a right-footed, one-handed slam to give the Warriors a three-point advantage and a 50-49 lead.
Here’s Curry going to the half-court shop to retrieve his 50-point game, 50 of the season. pic.twitter.com/XYbJZw7Nkw — Grant Halverson (@granthalverson) May 10, 2016
“I was like, ‘Oh man, you guys can’t win that game,’” Curry recalled Monday, several hours after the Game 3 debacle. “Draymond’s just huge, and when he runs out of that lane he drives in a way that no one else has. I threw the pass. If he was at the end of my shot clock, that could have been a 50-point play. But he was like, ‘Draymond, got it.’”
Draymond was not impressed by Jordan Poole grabbing Steph Curry’s 50-point opportunity. (Photo: Getty Images)
“He just throws down a floater, and I just have no idea why,” Green said. “He’s just unbelievable at stealing Steph Curry’s shot. He’s an incredible athlete, and I hate him for taking that opportunity. I hate him for that.”