A meaningless circus dunk by the Warriors in a blowout led to tension between the teams after the game
The Golden State Warriors were cruising to another victory on Monday night against the Dallas Mavericks when one of the NBA's unwritten rules may have been broken by a rookie.
Steve Kerr opted to let his second team close out the final minutes, and while many players would be happy to work the clock down and simply leave with the win, rookie Jordan Bell had other ideas after he stole the ball and rushed towards the basket on a break.
Bell threw himself an alley-oop dunk that easily went down as the basketball highlight of the night.
The dunk got quite the reaction from the Warriors bench — Kevin Durant looked like he needed a moment to gather his thoughts before he could fully react to the situation.
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It's the type move you might see in dunk contests and pick up games, not in NBA regular season basketball against other professional athletes, especially with such a big lead, something that could be interpreted as disrespectful towards the opponent.
As the game ended, Anthony Slater of The Athletic reported that Warriors head coach Steve Kerr tried to apologize to Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle for the dunk, but Carlisle waved him off and left the court before any sort of exchange could take place.
Kerr told the media after the game that he was able to eventually track Carlisle down and told him that he would talk with Bell about the play. Kerr added that while the older players on the team knew that the dunk could be contentious, the younger Warriors players were simply excited about the highlight from a teammate.
Draymond Green appears to have fallen in the latter camp, saying of the play "When you get on the basketball court ... somebody's evaluating you. So if you want to throw it off the backboard, feel free — he got an and-1, great play."
The Warriors ended up winning the game by a final score of 133-103. Bell scored 6 points and added 4 rebounds and 2 assists in 10 minutes of action.
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