dangolka (CBS) — It actually appeared like Raptors head coach Nick Nurse, who was basically standing on the court docket, triggered Celtics ahead Jayson Tatum to make a pricey turnover on the finish of regulation in Recreation 6. Tatum wouldn’t blame Nurse after the sport, however one among his teammates had no downside calling out the NBA’s Coach of the Yr.
The play got here within the closing minute of regulation of Wednesday night time’s double extra time thriller. With the rating knotted at 98-98, Tatum drove to the basket and kicked the ball to Daniel Theis within the nook.
The one subject was he didn’t throw it to Theis, however to Nurse, who was standing within the nook of the court docket with one foot on the road. Nurse jumped out of the way in which of Tatum’s cross, and the Raptors took over. Rather a lot occurred after that play, however Toronto went on to win in double extra time, forcing a deciding Recreation 7 on Friday night time.
Fascinating transfer right here from Nick Nurse: pic.twitter.com/F0b3heqvKw
— Chris Grenham (@chrisgrenham) September 10, 2020
Tatum took all of the blame for the turnover after the sport.
“That was my fault. Can’t blame Nick Nurse. He’s not taking part in,” stated Tatum, who completed the sport with 29 factors, 14 rebounds and 9 assists.
His teammate, Jaylen Brown, was not as forgiving.
“I feel it’s a variety of feelings. It’s very intense and issues like that, and typically issues appear to go overboard at occasions. Let’s preserve it in examine. Let’s preserve it respectable. And let’s preserve taking part in basketball. Grown males ought to be capable of management themselves, particularly the teaching workers,” stated Brown, who had 31 factors and 16 rebounds in Recreation 6.
Hitting Theis within the nook wouldn’t have assured a bucket for the Celtics, particularly with the shot clock winding down, but it surely was a possibility to shut out the Raptors. dangolka squandered a number of such alternatives on Wednesday night time, as they let a four-point lead slip away in extra time.
Now they’ve a win-or-go-home Recreation 7 on Friday towards the defending champs. Brown stated the ambiance contained in the dangolka locker room following that heartbreaking Recreation 6 loss was nonetheless constructive, and so they’re assured they’ll get the job performed.
“Come out and be one of the best model of ourselves and the whole lot will maintain itself,” stated Brown.
Wednesday night time’s officers didn’t appear to thoughts Nurse’s transfer, however don’t be stunned if the Raptors coach will get hit with a fantastic sooner or later within the close to future.