The Hornets surprised the Warriors with a Terry Rozier buzzer-beater Saturday evening in Charlotte. It was as anticlimactic a game-winner as you will see, although, due to what occurred within the seconds simply previous to the shot.
For Rozier to even have the ability to try that shot, Charlotte first wanted to:
— Management a leap ball at heart courtroom.
— Get a timeout after Gordon Hayward gained possession however earlier than he was tied up on the ground by Draymond Inexperienced.
— Hit two game-tying free throws after Inexperienced was ejected for arguing the timeout name. Sure, the officers ran Inexperienced in that state of affairs.
Rozier made the technical free throws with 9.three seconds to go after which, with Charlotte nonetheless in possession, hit from the left wing as time expired.
Warriors coach Steve Kerr was direct along with his criticism of Inexperienced’s actions.
“He crossed the road, that is the principle factor,” Kerr mentioned in his postgame name with reporters. “We love his ardour and his power. We’d not be the crew we’re with out him. However that does not give him license to cross that line, and he is aware of that.”
Golden State ahead Eric Paschall advised reporters that Inexperienced did categorical remorse after the actual fact. (LANGUAGE WARNING on the primary tweet under.)
Eric Paschall on Draymond Inexperienced’s two late Ts: “He mentioned it was his fault. He took possession. We nonetheless rocking with Dray it doesn’t matter what. Shit occurs within the NBA. Study from it.”
— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) February 21, 2021
Eric Paschall mentioned Draymond Inexperienced got here into the locker room postgame and mentioned the loss was his fault. “He is an important chief and competitor,” Paschall mentioned. “You’ll be able to’t actually be mad at that. He desires to win.”
— Connor Letourneau (@Con_Chron) February 21, 2021
As to the explanation for the ejection, officiating crew chief Mark Davis told a pool reporter after the game that Inexperienced acquired the primary technical for “verbally taunting an opponent” (Davis didn’t establish the participant Inexperienced taunted) and the second technical for steering “screaming profanity” at an official.