The Warriors have called a timeout with none remaining in two straight games.
The circumstances differed greatly, though.
In the final moments of a tight Game 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals, Draymond Green dove on a loose ball near center court and called the extra timeout with 0.9 seconds left. It was actually a savvy play. If he hadn’t called timeout, time would’ve expired. Though the timeout came with a technical foul, it made the Raptors work just a little harder for their championship.
The situation in last night’s opener came with far less hope of winning. Golden State was on its way to a 141-122 loss to the Clippers. Warriors coach Steve Kerr had already exhausted his timeouts trying to stop the bleeding. By late in the fourth quarter, he probably didn’t care much about the technical foul. His team just needed a break.
So, the extra timeout wasn’t the problem. The real issue: Playing so poorly, Golden State needed more stoppages than allowed.