Minutes later, McGee scored on another lob out of a timeout.
Seconds later, McGee finished his third lob, this one from Curry. All of that transpired in three minutes. McGee checked out of the game shortly after.
After the game, Blazers coach Terry Stotts explained why the Warriors’ lobs are so difficult to defend. Spoiler: Curry and Thompson’s ability to make 3s is a significant factor.
“It’s a challenge because when you have a guy like Steph or Klay coming off, you’ve got to get up and guard them and not let the big get behind you if you’re going to drop on them,” Stotts said. “They do that very well.”
Those successful lobs are even more impressive considering everybody knows they’re coming.
“It’s kind of like a bail out,” Green said. “You get it in trouble, and he goes to the rim and goes to get it.”
But McGee’s impact went beyond throwing down lobs. His rim protection was excellent and so was his ability to defend the pick and roll. And then there was the time he chucked the ball off Lillard’s face to give the Warriors possession.