Draymond Green deflected Kyle Lowry’s final shot in Game 5
Kyle Lowry didn’t completely brick the Toronto Raptors’ final shot in a 106-105 Game 5 loss because he’s an awful shooter. Rather, his shot missed so badly because it was deflected by Draymond Green.
A photo the SF Chronicle’s Scott Strazzante shows that Green got a finger on the ball.
@warriors Draymond Green deflects a last second game-winning attempt by @Raptors Kyle Lowry preserving Golden State's 106-105 win in Game 5 of #NBAFinals @Money23Green #nba #basketball @sfchronicle photo by @ScottStrazzante pic.twitter.com/zbkxtk2sTT
— Scott Strazzante (@ScottStrazzante) June 11, 2019
Lowry confirmed after the 106-105 defeat that Green got a piece of the ball.
“It felt great out of my hands. (Green) got a piece of it. It’s what great defenders do,” Lowry said after the game.
Here’s a look at the buzzer-beating attempt that went behind the basket:
Dubs win on the HORRENDOUS missed 3 from Lowry pic.twitter.com/8Sz2dX46Xv
— MavsHighlights (@MavsHighlights) June 11, 2019
Lowry was roasted for missing the shot so badly but probably should not have been. The situation is reminiscent of what happened with Bears kicker Cody Parkey, who missed a field goal against the Eagles in the playoffs that would have won the game. It later turned out the kick was deflected.
Green is an elite defender and continues to prove it.