With the Golden State Warriors vacillating between a two-score deficit and drifting out of reach of the San Antonio Spurs in the final minutes if Game 3, the home team needed a hero to take over in the final minutes to pull them back in — or at the very least, a few efficient shots and some stingy defense. They got neither when point guard Jarrett Jack decided to take over, forcing ill-advised shots during the game’s deciding moments including a mind-boggling air-balled three as their shot clock expired, basically ending Golden State’s chances in a 102-92 home loss to San Antonio at “The Roaracle”.
This loss can not be pinned on solely on Jack as the Warriors shot 50.6 percent to 39.3 percent. But when the offense suddenly funnels too much through Jack — which should rarely happen during the postseason with Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry in the backcourt — this offense can become extremely frustrating. Jack would finish Game 3 with the game-low plus-minus of negative-19.
At times, this provides the needed spark for the Warriors as was the case earlier in the contest, in which he shot 5-for-12 for 11 points and an assist, and moreso earlier in the series. Summed up quite well by SB Nation’s Mike Prada during Game 2, “It’s official. The ‘no no no no no no YES’ shot has been renamed ‘The Jarrett Jack.’”
However, Game 3 probably captures the terror caused by Jack, both on the court and on Twitter. Ethan Strauss wins the avalanche of criticism that poured upon Jack Friday night as the Warriors went down 2-1 to the Spurs:”‘Save us, Jarrett Jack‘ ended how you thought.”