GREENBURGH, N.Y. –- Monday night’s late-game gaffes lingered with Mike Woodson on Tuesday.
Woodson reiterated that he should have called a timeout with 6.9 seconds left and three timeouts remaining. Instead, Beno Udrih inbounded the ball to Carmelo Anthony, who dribbled up the court before having to fire an off-balance 3-pointer at the buzzer that missed in a 102-101 loss to the Wizards.
“Bad coaching,” Woodson said. “We made a lot of bad mistakes coming down the stretch. It happens some time. And I don’t mean that in just a blow-off way.”
The former Hawks coach admitted that he sometimes let Joe Johnson take an inbound pass full court and dribble up for a last-second shot if he felt the opposing defense wasn’t set.
“I am going to be honest, I’ve let games go like that,” Woodson said of the tactic of not calling a timeout to set up a final play. “Like in Atlanta, I let a couple of games where I didn’t call a timeout because they weren’t set and we threw it in and Joe Johnson was able to dribble down and hit a winning shot.
“Was I thinking that at the time?” Woodson continued. “Well, Beno stepped out and Melo begged for it and he threw it to him. I didn’t stop the play. I let it go on. I should have called the timeout and just taken it out of their hand and advanced the ball, but I didn’t.”
There was plenty to regret for Woodson in that loss. Woodson goes back to the play before failing to call timeout. Bradley Beal blew by Udrih baseline for a score that put the Wizards up with 6.9 seconds left.
“Beno kind of opened the flood gates a little bit on the one-on-one play because he thought the defense was there,” Woodson said. “And it wasn’t there, and we have color codes that we use for you to act accordingly and there was nothing there, and once he started to penetrate the ball, I thought after watching it [on tape] he could have grabbed [Beal].”
Woodson said he talked to his players about having a foul to give before Beal scored.
“He could’ve grabbed him and wrapped him up because we all knew we had a foul, but we didn’t get it done,” Woodson said. “So I mean, you can’t go back and get it. You just got to learn from it and, when we are in that position again, make sure we get it right.”