When thinking about Sunday night’s 106-105 win for the Warriors over the Toronto Raptors, a number of key plays in the final moments stick out.
You could point to Kent Bazemore’s huge block with 16 seconds left that kept the Warriors within one point. Or the two free throws that Damion Lee knocked down with 3.3 seconds remaining. Or the final defensive stand orchestrated by Andrew Wiggins and Draymond Green.
How about this little dance move by Kelly Oubre Jr. on the low block during Kyle Lowry's free-throw attempt? It, too, was a key play in the contest. Each and every point mattered in this nail-biter, including the two free throws that Lowry missed with 4:47 left in the game.
If you watch closely, you can see Oubre give a little fist pump once the ball clanked out, because he knew the mini dance move worked. He’s definitely in Lowry’s peripheral vision at that point, so there's a chance that Oubre's shimmy affected Lowry's attempt.
It's impossible to put that one in the official scorebook, but Oubre should get some sort of credit for distracting Lowry. Lowry went on to miss the second free throw as well -- the only time he’s missed back-to-back free throws in 40 total attempts this year.
Coincidence? I think not.
Hey, maybe Oubre just had to stay loose and keep the blood flowing. Don’t want to be getting any cramps in the key final moments of a game.