WATCH: Draymond Green and Warriors’ Bench Tease Kyle Kuzma After He Airballed a Free Throw

Published 03/16/2021, 12:14 AM EDT
Feb 10, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma (0) scores a basket against Oklahoma City Thunder center Al Horford (42) during the second half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports


The Warriors and the Lakers met for the third time this season to decide the winner of the three-game regular-season tie. There was a complete back-and-forth in the first quarter, but the Lakers soon took control. 

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The largely inexperienced bench of the Warriors didn’t do as well as the Lakers’ rotating pieces. Still, they got their opportunity to perform ‘off the court’ when Lakers’ Kyle Kuzma committed an error.

The Warriors bench and their mocking of Kyle Kuzma

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Halfway through the second quarter, Kuz got a chance to shoot on a technical free throw. The score was 44-34 with the Lakers leading when the young gun surprisingly airballed throw. The attempt left Montrezl Harrell scratching his head, while the Warriors bench made a scene out of it. It was hilarious how they responded by signaling a ‘save your head’ gesture to mock the rising star.

Draymond Green’s reaction to the airball must have been humiliating for the Lakers. By that point, Kuzma had just three points under his belt, but his game overall looked much better than that failed attempt. Also, as fate would have it, the Warriors then missed at least three shots in a span of a few minutes. 

The Lakers and their improving bench

Kyle Kuzma, Montrezl Harrell, and Talen Horton-Tucker make for a very productive trio coming off the bench. They’re missing Alex Caruso (head injury) in that department, but the trio is mostly covering in his absence. Kyle, especially, has been phenomenal with his improving rebounding skills.

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In the two games before this one, Kuzma had averaged a double-double with 43.8% accuracy from downtown. The only area he still lags in is the playmaking part, but even here, he seemed to do better against the Warriors.

Lakers’ Montrezl Harrell hangs on to the rim after a dunk during the second half against the Indiana Pacers at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

On the other hand, GSW saw their starters Kevin Looney and Draymond Green go scoreless in the first half. It was just a Steph Curry show (20-point half) for them, as none else actually left a mark. The score until halftime was 65-50 with the Warriors trailing. Stay tuned for more updates about the ongoing battle between the WC giants.

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Read also – ‘Eye Fu–ing’: Lakers’ Kyle Kuzma Reveals the Hilarious Story Behind Him Forcing LeBron James

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Sourabh Singh

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Sourabh Singh is an NBA sports analyst for EssentiallySports, who has been working with the site since May 2020. Prior to this, he functioned as Managing Editor at WittyFeed, followed by a stint at Decathlon. The Sports Management graduate leads an active lifestyle, veering to the mountains for off-trail adventures.

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