Draymond Green said he made the 'smartest dumb play in history' after heaving up a comically bad shot

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Draymond Green
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  • Draymond Green blew it for the Warriors on Monday night.

  • Trailing by three with eight seconds remaining, the Warriors got the ball to Green at midcourt.

  • Green immediately heaved up a terrible shot after misreading the situation terribly.

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Draymond Green blew the Warriors' shot at victory on Monday night against the Spurs.

Trailing by three with just eight seconds remaining, Golden State brought the ball in from the side, finding Green just around the half-court line.

When Green received the ball, he had options: he could move towards the basket or work to find Stephen Curry, the greatest shooter ever and the Warriors' top choice to take a potential game-tying shot. Eight seconds is plenty of time to set up whatever offense Golden State wanted.

Instead, Green immediately heaved the ball towards the basket.

Green was playing under the assumption that the Spurs would foul him after receiving the inbound. If he were fouled on the floor, he would get two shots from the line, but if he were fouled in the act of shooting a three, he'd get rewarded with three shots.

Instead, Green wasn't fouled at all, leaving him looking somewhat ridiculous. Final score: Spurs 105, Warriors 100.

After the game, Green was disappointed but good-humored about how the final seconds played out, calling it the "smartest dumb play in history."

"Probably should've held on to it and just took the foul and let it turn into a free throw game, but it is what it is," Green said.

"I know most people will see that and put two and two together and see what was going on there," Green said. "Very smart play that ended up being dumb as hell."

Warriors head coach Steve Kerr didn't let himself off from the blame either.

"It's probably my fault for not informing the team that the Spurs don't usually foul," Kerr said. "We knew we had 8.7 seconds to drive and kick - plenty of options with that kind of time - and so we were just trying to spread the floor and get a good look."

Curry also seemed to agree with Green's thinking, if not the execution of the play.

"If it works, it's amazing," Curry said. "He gets to the line, maybe ties the game with three free throws, or at least make sure you get the foul and get to the line to extend the game. But it just didn't work out that way. So, move on."

Draymond is a cerebral player - one of the smartest basketball minds in the game. Unfortunately, Green found himself on the losing end of a convoluted game of rock, paper, scissors, and looking ridiculous for it.

Now that it's happened, he'll be ready for next time.

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