Tie game, twenty seven seconds left. Richard Jefferson (correctly) throws the ball off the David Lee’s foot.
(Yes! Top-seven pick, here we go!)
But suddenly, Charles Jenkins swoops in, snatches the loose ball. And then, the second-round rookie truly goes rogue. He knifes into the lane, going straight through a flopping Wes Johnson like he’s made of bubbles. Then, Jenkins goes up and under Kevin Love’s stubby right arm. Really, he could have gone up and over. Anyway, the Warriors lead 96-94 with 20 seconds to go.
(NOOOOOOO! OH GOD WHY!!!)
Golden State fans look to Kevin Love as their salvation in this moment. CSN Bay Area even plays a little montage of Kevin Love’s winning buckets. It’s okay, K-Love is here to salvage GSW draft position. Have no fear, Warriors fans. The ball is inbounded.
Jose Juan Barea gets the rock, dribbles for what feels like an entire Chinese dynasty. Kevin Love sets a high screen. Barea…passes it off his own foot.
The bold imp somehow retrieves the ball. Kevin Love runs open to Barea’s left, but JJ is oblivious to his team’s best player, and chucks a horrid leaner back rim. Dominic McGuire snatches the rebound. Dom’s never cared for tanking, and relishes every opportunity to play and compete. He probably stomps on ping pong balls for fun, the way many people enjoy popping bubble wrap.
Warriors win, killing their chances of running the table, of landing a top-five pick.
And that was the sequence. Charles Jenkins played well throughout, tallying 19 points and seven assists, looking like the right kind of combo guard instead of the wrong kind. The kid’s recent play has given the Warriors hope for his future. The problem is that Jenkins’ displayed promise might mean a less promising future for Golden State.