Steph Curry’s Chris Webber moment nearly cost the Warriors their Game 4 victory over Kings

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Steph Curry has come up again and again for the Golden State Warriors during their dynastic run, but even he isn’t perfect. His Chris Webber moment in the last minute on Sunday nearly cost the Warriors in their narrow 126-125 Game 4 victory over the Sacramento Kings.

With 2:14 left, Kevon Looney was called for an offensive foul on a moving screen. Warriors head coach Steve Kerr decided to accept the challenge, but was unsuccessful, leaving the Warriors with zero timeouts for the rest of the game. That’s a long time without a timeout, especially in the NBA, and Curry clearly didn’t know that was the case.

For with 42.4 seconds left to play, Curry faced a double team in the backcourt and looked to the referee to call a timeout. The Warriors led 126-121 at the time and were on their way to victory. But if you call a time-out that you don’t have, the penalty is severe: in addition to a technical foul, the other team gets possession of the ball.

Malik Monk stepped to the line and hit the technical free throw to cut the deficit to 126-122. On the ensuing possession, De’Aaron Fox drained a three-pointer to make it a one-point game at 126-125.

Suddenly the Kings didn’t even have to make a mistake to get the ball back. That’s exactly what happened when Curry missed a float. (He probably went a little fast, but that was a minor mistake compared to the timeout incident.) Fortunately for Curry and the Warriors, he was taken off the hook when Harrison Barnes missed an open 3 at the buzzer that would have ended the game won for the kings.

After the win, Curry met with the media and discussed what was going through his mind at the time of the timeout that resulted in the technical foul against Golden State.

“I knew we were challenging,” said Curry. “But when we lost the challenge I didn’t realize we were out of timeouts. I’m not going to lie, I thought it was the smartest game in the world… I looked at the bench and everyone shook their heads. Good lesson.”

After that, the rest of the Warriors refused to let Curry take all the blame for the mistake.

“It was 100 percent my fault. I knew we were out of timeouts,” said Kerr. ‘Its my fault. I have to remind the boys we don’t have timeouts.”

Draymond Green, meanwhile, said he should have been there as a passing option so Curry didn’t have to take time out: “I know everyone will blame Steph and say oh he called the time out but I have to watch the game and don’t leave him on an island”

Had the Kings finally won and taken a 3-1 lead, Curry’s blunder would have gone down in the books as an all-timer to remember forever. Instead, it will be a footnote in his storied career.

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