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Friday, July 10, 2020

Articles tagged: NBA playoffs 2019

Draymond Green goes Chris Webber with timeout call at end of Game 6

Warriors Chris Webber timeout

Draymond Green went Chris Webber at the end of Game 6 of the NBA Finals on Thursday night between the Golden State Warriors and Toronto Raptors at Oracle Arena.

The Warriors had the ball with 9.6 seconds left down 111-110. They ran a play for Steph Curry, who missed a 3-point attempt. The ball was bouncing around and Draymond Green dived on it around midcourt. He tried to call a timeout as the clock was running out, but there was a problem: the Warriors didn’t have any timeouts left.

Golden State was assessed a technical foul over the error. That gave Toronto a technical free throw and possession.

Kawhi Leonard made his free throw. On their possession, there was a foul that put him back on the line. He made both his free throws to give the Raptors a 114-110 win for the championship.

Green was immediately hit with the Chris Webber comparisons because Webber infamously did the same thing to cost Michigan against North Carolina.

The difference between Webber and Green is that the Warriors really had no shot even if Green hadn’t tried to call the timeout. Time was running out, he was in a bad spot, and they really had no other options. Even Andre Iguodala and Quinn Cook also were motioning for a timeout.

Maybe that was justice for the officials missing Draymond’s goaltend earlier in the fourth quarter.

Referees miss goaltend by Draymond Green in Game 6

Draymond Green goaltend

The officials in Game 6 of the NBA Finals on Thursday night missed a goaltend by Draymond Green in the fourth quarter to give the Golden State Warriors the lead against the Toronto Raptors.

Shaun Livingston took a shot that was bouncing off the rim and put back by Green. The ball still was over the cylinder when Green touched it.

The officials missed the call, allowing Golden State to take a 95-94 lead with 6:52 left.

Green finished with yet another triple-double in the playoffs, his sixth this postseason.

Klay Thompson leaves Oracle Arena on crutches with knee injury

Klay Thompson knee

Klay Thompson left Oracle Arena on crutches in the fourth quarter of Game 6 of the NBA Finals on Thursday due to a knee injury.

Late in the third quarter, Thompson landed awkwardly on his left leg as he came down from being fouled by Danny Green on a dunk attempt. The Golden State Warriors guard went down in pain and headed to the locker room, but he returned to shoot his free throws, making both.

Thompson later exited the game for good and went into the locker room. ESPN later showed Thompson leaving the arena on crutches.

He also had an ice bag on his knee:

Thompson was the Warriors’ leading scorer with 30 points at the time he left the game. He has a reputation for putting up his best games in Game 6 of playoff series and was doing it again versus the Toronto Raptors.

Thompson was already playing through a hamstring injury in the series and now has exited with a knee injury. The Warriors are also without Kevin Durant, who tried to return from a calf injury and suffered a torn Achilles tendon in Game 5.

Raptors coach Jamaal Magloire yelling with cup becomes meme

Jamaal Magloire

The sight of Jamaal Magloire yelling out of a cup during the NBA Finals went viral online and became an instant meme.

Magloire, a Toronto Raptors assistant coach, was shown by ABC/ESPN late in the first quarter of Game 6 using a paper cup with a hole poked in it as a megaphone. Fans watching online loved it and then turned it into a meme.

Take a look at some of the funny posts that were inspired by Magloire’s megaphone:

I’m not sure what’s better: Magloire using the cup to communicate, or how quickly the internet fell in love with it and turned it into a meme. Probably the latter.

Klay Thompson goes down with left knee injury in Game 6

Klay Thompson

Klay Thompson went down with a left knee injury during Game 6 of the NBA Finals on Thursday night.

Late in the third quarter, Thompson was going for a dunk and got fouled by Danny Green. He missed the dunk and landed awkwardly on his left knee and went down to the floor grabbing it.

Thompson was being taken to the locker room before being informed that he had to shoot his free throws otherwise he would not be allowed to return to the game. The Golden State Warriors guard returned from the tunnel onto the court, took his free throws and made both. He went back on defense but the game was stopped on a DeMarcus Cousins foul, which allowed Thompson to be replaced.

Thompson then went back into the tunnel to receive medical attention in the locker room. He was shown by ABC trying to run down the tunnel.

Thompson was on fire during the game, living up to his “Game 6 Klay” moniker. He had 30 points on 8-for-12 shooting, including 10-for-10 at the line when he left the game.

Nick Nurse upset with Warriors interfering on Raptors’ corner threes

Nick Nurse

Toronto Raptors head coach Nick Nurse complained to the officials during Game 6 of the NBA Finals on Thursday night because he thought Golden State’s players were interfering with the Raptors’ corner three-point shot attempts.

During the second quarter of the game, Pascal Siakam made a corner three in front of Golden State’s bench to put Toronto up 43-38 on the Warriors. You could see one of the Warriors’ players jump up off the bench and appear to shout something at Siakam as he shot the ball.

After that happened, Nurse was seen complaining to the officials, and ABC analyst Jeff Van Gundy said he thought the Warriors were interfering on corner threes. That seemed to be the case on Siakam’s shot.

Toronto made three-point shooting a big part of their early success in the game, as Kyle Lowry was making his outside shots as well as Siakam.

Nurse should be able to spot it as he knows better about in-game interference than anyone.

Raptors’ Jamaal Magloire uses paper cup to coach team

Jamaal Magloire

Toronto Raptors assistant coach Jamaal Magloire went viral for his method of communication with his team’s players.

During ABC’s broadcast of Game 6 of the NBA Finals on Thursday, the network shared video of Magloire using a paper cup with a hole poked in it to yell. They said he was using it to communicate with the team’s players, though some also thought he may have been using it to also try distracting Steph Curry at the free throw line.

Analysts Mark Jackson and Jeff Van Gundy seemed dumbfounded by Magloire’s ingenuity and kept saying they had never seen anything like it before.

That’s some advanced thinking by Magloire, who is an assistant coach, Basketball Development Consultant, and ambassador for the Raptors. The 41-year-old former NBA All-Star is a Toronto native.