Down three with 29 seconds left, the San Antonio Spurs needed to do something to complete a stunning comeback against the Golden State Warriors in Game 1 of their first-round series. As is his custom, Gregg Popovich ran an actual play, putting Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green in what appeared to be a baseline floppy action. There were big men on either side as the two players prepared to curl in opposite directions.
One of the two needed to get open for the Spurs to go for the tie. Thanks to Jarrett Jack and Stephen Curry, one did.
The two players badly messed up this coverage. Curry thought the Warriors' plan was to switch, but Jack didn't do that. The moment of confusion allowed Green to pop free for what proved to be a wide open shot.
Jack was the hero a minute ago when his 12-foot leaning baseline jumper gave Golden State a three-point lead. Curry was the hero all game. If the Warriors can't rally in overtime, they'll be the goats for this breakdown.
Editor's Note: This post has been updated to reflect that Curry appeared to believe a switch was coming, not Jack.