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For a late game shot that didn't even hit the rim, JaVale McGee's fourth quarter three-pointer against the Wizards on Sunday sure has generated a lot of reaction.

John Wall, Bradley Beal and Brandon Jennings weren't OK with it, at all. The feeling amongst Wizards players was that McGee and Golden State were trying to embarrass Washington by running up the score, so they didn't take too kindly to the center heaving one up from the corner.

Klay Thompson and Draymond Green, meanwhile, defended it. They would rather see their teammate shoot the ball instead of hold onto it and give up a free turnover.

And then there's McGee, who responded in very McGee-ish fashion by thanking Jennings, who pushed him and was given a flagrant foul for doing so.

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Steve Kerr, though — who apologized to Scott Brooks after the buzzer for what happened — wished his big man would've gone about things a little differently.

 

"When you have a lead like that, you shouldn’t be shooting a 3-pointer," Kerr said, via CSN Bay Area. “I told (McGee) that. I think he understands that."

"I don’t have a problem taking a shot when there is a shot-clock differential," he added, which aligns with what Thompson and Green argued, before coming to a different conclusion than his stars. "I never understood why a team would be offended if there is a shot-clock differential. Why dribble out the clock and take a turnover? I don’t think you should shoot a 3 either."

While there aren't as many unwritten rules on the hardwood as there are on the diamond, not pulling up from deep in the waning seconds of a blowout is one. Kerr's assessment, which falls somewhere between where the Wizards and Warriors players sided, is a logical one.

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