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Warriors’ late-game shot selection critiqued by TNT crew

Klay Thompson’s turnaround jumper as the clock neared triple-zeroes missed the rim entirely with the Warriors down two points.
“I don’t know what the hell this was,” Charles Barkley said watching the clip postgame, as Golden State’s second-to-last desperation attempt of the game sailed long.
The TNT crew critiqued the Warriors “iso ball” tendencies during their 95-92 Game 4 loss to the Rockets, in which the hosts registered only 14 assists. That’s the first time in the Western Conference Finals the Warriors have tallied below 20 helpers. Golden State led by 12 with under 10 and a half minutes remaining in the fourth quarter but couldn’t hold on, and the series now heads back to Houston tied at two.

"The last three or four minutes, they got some of the worst shots you ever see a Warrior team get." pic.twitter.com/I6jnHSldS8
— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) May 23, 2018

As Thompson’s hero effort unfolded, Kevin Durant called for the ball beyond the 3-point line on the wing and Draymond Green tried to call timeout well beyond the top of the arc. Neither outlet worked, and Thompson’s attempt went awry as Chris Paul grabbed the rebound and hit a free throw on the other end after being fouled.
“Pretty good D by the Rockets,” Shaquille O’Neal said.
“You see Draymond Green trying to call timeout as that play was going absolutely nowhere,” host Ernie Johnson chimed in.
“I thought the last three or four minutes they got some of the worst shots you’ll ever see a Warrior team get,” Barkley added.
The Warriors only scored three points in the final 3:17, and all came on free throws. They shot 0-for-5 from the field, including a missed 3-pointer each from Stephen Curry and Thompson to go along with a Curry turnover.
“This was one of the games where you say the champ is flustered,” Kenny Smith said. “They actually went into an isolation situation … Didn’t move the basketball, didn’t get other people involved. I tell my kids all the time, ‘You gotta play well with others,’ so you gotta play well with others when you’re on a basketball team and that’s how they’re constructed.
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“I was surprised, and I think we all were, of the shot selection that the Warriors took down the stretch.”
In the end, it led to a meager 12-point fourth quarter from the Warriors while the Rockets posted 25 to erase a double-digit deficit and grab a much-needed win to recapture home-court advantage in the series.
 

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