Draymond Green accepts blame for jump ball vs. Hornets despite bad toss

Draymond accepts blame for dive ball regardless of bad toss initially appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea

Charlotte Hornets guard Terry Rozier made an extremely bad choice late in the 4th quarter versus the Warriors at Spectrum Center on Sunday night. Thankfully for him, it didn’t wind up costing his group.

With the Hornets leading 104-102 and in ownership of the ball with 25.7 seconds staying in policy, Rozier got the ball deep within Charlotte’s own protective zone, probably in an effort to extend Golden State’s defense. However instead of take more time off the clock or develop more area, Rozier did the opposite and cornered himself in between the best sideline and halfcourt. The Warriors swarmed him, with Draymond Green handling to get adequate ownership to require a dive ball.

Unexpectedly, the Warriors simply required to win the pointer to have an opportunity to either tie or win the video game on the last ownership, and they had the taller of the 2 layers associated with the dive ball. Rozier is noted at 6-foot-1. Green is numerous inches taller than that, not to discuss his 7-foot wingspan.

However sadly for Golden State, that chance never ever emerged. Rozier won the pointer, made both complimentary tosses after being fouled, and the Hornets got away with a 106-102 success.

Replays reveal the authorities’s toss going towards Rozier, instead of straight upward (as it’s expected to be). Green dealt with the dive ball after the defeat, however decreased to blame the toss for his failure to win it. Rather, he eventually held himself liable.

“He was still talking,” Green stated of the authorities at the time he tossed the ball. “I’m sitting there looking at him and went, ‘Oh s–t.’ But, it is what it is. I’ve got to get the tip. Life goes on.”

“He’s just telling us, ‘I’m [going to] throw the ball all the way to the top. It’s going all the way,’ Green explained. “… However it is what it is. Like I stated, I have actually got to get that dive ball despite what the scenario is. That’s not his fault. It’s on me.”

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It would have been interesting to see what would have happened had the toss been fairer. But as Green has said himself in the past, “If ‘if’ were a 5th, we’d all be intoxicated.”

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.