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Stephen Curry on final shot: “50-50 call, thought it should go my way”

Apr 25, 2014, 11:19 AM EDT

Here’s the play. Golden State was down 2 with 7.6 seconds left and went with a Stephen Curry isolation (a play that worked well for them this season).

Here is Curry’s reaction:

Those comments may just be Curry trying to avoid writing a check to the league for criticizing the officials.

Was he fouled? Yes, but it wasn’t a blatant hack, Chris Paul was smart to use the off-arm to push a little. That’s just not a call you’re going to get on the final shot of a game. I think Curry put it well with the 50/50 call, whether he meant it or not.

Also, Warriors fans, that shot is not why you lost. Golden State shot 6-of-31 from three. Golden State has no answer for Blake Griffin and are not doubling him enough or fast enough (the bigs matchup is where they really miss Andrew Bogut). You got down 18 and had to use all your energy just to get back, and when you did Chris Paul led another 7-0 Clipper run to throw you in another hole.

Golden State didn’t lose the game on one 50/50 call, they lost it with a lot of plays they didn’t make in the second half. You can’t just pick out one and blame it.

  1. golfrangeman - Apr 25, 2014 at 11:26 AM

    Your not going to get that call on the final shot of the game… Tell that to Paul George

  2. jerdogthompson - Apr 25, 2014 at 11:42 AM

    Where is all the warrior fans? Cat got ur tongue? Clippers in 5, 6 Max.


    • chiadam - Apr 25, 2014 at 12:19 PM

      Surest sign that the world is about to end: Clippers fans getting mouthy.

    • dualprime - Apr 25, 2014 at 1:32 PM

      I get it! It’s okay to push a jump shooter with your forearm 25 feet from the basket. Hmm…

  3. jburk003 - Apr 25, 2014 at 11:42 AM

    That wasn’t even the call that lost them the game. That should have been offensive foul on Blake Griffin with 26 secs left should have been a foul. Instead a foul on curry and clippers get 2 shots…..

    Reggie miller called it “a very, very tough call”

    BS calls

    • paleihe - Apr 25, 2014 at 12:41 PM

      That’s kinda what happens when you try to take a charge. Since it’s such a tough call to make, it’s liable to be called incorrectly.

    • brookwell2013 - Apr 25, 2014 at 12:50 PM

      wah wah wah wah!!! Gimme a break…… up, shut up and play hard and you’ll get your share of calls.

  4. soopreme - Apr 25, 2014 at 12:05 PM

    Curry should have been called for pushing off with his right hand.

  5. jerdogthompson - Apr 25, 2014 at 12:21 PM

    What did you expect Stephanie to say? This is eerily reminiscent of game 1, NO?
    Rub some dirt on it and walk it off, as I like to say. Better come hard Sunday warriors, or you can start booking tee times come 5/1. Just saying.


  6. joeksnuffy - Apr 25, 2014 at 2:03 PM

    Without Bogut, Ezeli (and possibly even with them), the Warriors are outmatched here. They traded their bench for Igoudala. Iggy has improved their defense but doesn’t add enough on offense. Barnes has not maintained his level of play from last playoff run. When Curry is contained, the Warriors have nothing else and don’t have a coach that can find another way. They may squeeze one more win in this series. But, as much as I hate to say it and don’t like the flopping and antics, the Clippers are the better team. I don’t really care who takes the Western Conference this year. We just need to find a team that can beat Miami.

  7. joeksnuffy - Apr 25, 2014 at 2:16 PM

    Even as a warriors fan, no way that should be called on last play. Paul’s defense was excellent on Curry. I would love for the Warriors to take down the obnoxious Clippers, but not in an unfair way.

  8. void96eater - Apr 25, 2014 at 3:21 PM

    You can’t leave the outcome of the game in the refs’ hands.

    You just have to put yourself in a better position to win these games. The Warriors have to be careful, and not show their youth.

  9. reastnt - Apr 25, 2014 at 3:21 PM

    It was a foul on Paul, just after Curry’s offensive foul for pushing off to create space. (Really, watch the video carefully.) The refs were right to call neither of these minor infractions on a last-second desperation three.

    As someone above mentioned, the refs blew what should have been an offensive foul on Griffin a bit earlier. But they also missed a blatant double dribble by Green(?) on a fast break a bit before that, which ended up in a Warriors basket.

    Bottom line, the players won and lost this game, not the refs.

  10. reastnt - Apr 25, 2014 at 3:36 PM

    Also…. This game was really a mirror image of game 1, with it being close in the first half, and the visiting team pulling away in the second half, only to see the home team effectively catch up late in the fourth. Game 1 might have gone the Clippers way with a couple calls (missed blocking foul on CP’s turnover at the end, and a couple of the cheap or non-existent fouls on Griffin that caused him to foul out), and Game 3 probably would have ended up differently if the refs had called a foul on Paul at the end.

  11. antistratfordian - Apr 25, 2014 at 3:37 PM

    He took a bad shot there though. Not entirely his fault – I blame it on Mark Jackson for not running something better to get Curry free.

  12. antistratfordian - Apr 25, 2014 at 3:50 PM

    Also… that was a Curry flop.

  13. jvw1982 - Apr 25, 2014 at 4:17 PM

    Good no call, the refs already influenced game 1 with the whistle glad they let them play in game 2 and 3….

  14. provguard - Apr 25, 2014 at 7:32 PM

    I smell the essence of FLOPPING!!!!

  15. campcouch - Apr 25, 2014 at 8:17 PM

    sooooo,having rules except during the final seconds of a game makes sense?

  16. doctorbluff - Apr 25, 2014 at 9:58 PM

    I actually don’t think that it was a foul around the waist or legs, but Paul pretty clearly hits Curry on his shooting elbow as he is releasing the shot. That could easily have been called a foul, but Paul did a pretty good job of having his arms straight up at that moment.

  17. chrisco716 - Apr 26, 2014 at 12:56 AM

    It was a foul. Curry’s shot was short because Paul pushed Curry backward. Should have been called.

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