We finally know Draymond Green's reason for missing what appeared to be a wide-open floater at the end of regulation in the Warriors' play-in loss to the Memphis Grizzlies last season.
And it's not going to make Warriors fans feel any better.
“What happened was I lost track of time!” Green said to The Athletic's Anthony Slater. “I just flipped it up there because I lost track of time.”
The Warriors wound up losing 117-112 to the Grizzlies in overtime. The score was tied at 99 points apiece when Green tossed up his errant shot.
The loss was the Warriors' second in the play-in tournament, ending their disappointing season.
Really, the miss was another reminder of Green's reluctance to shoot last season. It also was another wasted game for a great Steph Curry performance.
Curry led all scorers with 39 points in the loss. Green had an exceptional box score, tallying a triple-double. But fans won't remember that. What they still remember is the miss.
However, Green says the situation didn't have to do with hesitation. He's mad at his clock mismanagement more than anything.
"It wasn’t that I didn’t want to shoot it, I just completely lost track of time and thought I needed to get it up there," Green said to Slater. "That’s why when everyone asks: ‘Does it haunt you that you missed that shot?’ No, if anything bothers me it’s that as the point guard, which I think I am, you gotta know the time.
"Time and score is everything.”
Through six games this season, Green has been much more aggressive with his scoring and the 5-1 Warriors are reaping the benefits. The pass-first point-forward is averaging 9.3 points per game, his most since the 2017-18 season. That also just so happens to be the last time he was named an All-Star.
Rememeber Draymond, Daylight Saving Time ends Sunday. Don't forget to change your clocks before the Warriors play later that day against the Houston Rockets.