Toronto Raptors fall just short of making history after a shocking timeout taken by coach Nick Nurse that sucked the momentum out of them. A shooting barrage by the Warriors duo of Klay and Curry followed giving the Warriors the slightest of winning margins, 1. Yes just 1, the scoreline read 106-105. Warriors, as a result, live to die another day. They still have an outside chance to glory.
The defining 9-2 run came right after the break before which Leonard was on an astounding 10 point streak. Leonard’s remarkable streak minutes before the finish makes the loss all the more frustrating. Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry hit 3 three-pointers to put the final nail in the coffin just before the final whistle.
The Nick Nurse decision that cost them the game
The Raptors didn’t have a truly dominating game, to be honest. The fact that the first time they took the lead five minutes before finish justifies the statement. And yet there they were Leonard in the run of his life hitting shots after shots, taking the court by storm. And then came the decision. The decision that turned the game on its head.
Nick Nurse called the players back for rest and the rest, as they say, is history. Warriors clawed back from a 6 point deficit 2 minutes from the end and earned a shot at redemption. Timeouts do that to you. The momentum in sports is hung on a fine line and all it takes is a timeout to shift it. It’s hard to regain the adrenaline going through in remarkable run and Raptors learned it the hard way.
Leonard is for the Raptors, what Durant was for the Warriors
After all the talk of a Warriors fightback, it’s Raptors’ title to lose. It is definitely that against a Durant-less Warriors. The magic Leonard can create, the Michael Jorda like the persona he possesses is hard to match. Harder without your own version of him, Kevin Durant.
The playoff pressure is such that it needs magic to break through in watertight defence situations. A Curry or a Thompson can truly showcase their agility and can play a unique catch and shoot offence. But that only depends upon the opportunities created and when the defence is intense, opportunities don’t show up easily.
That’s where Raptors have Leonard who has the height and the game to pull of off-balance shots and create chances at will. That’s where Warriors miss Durant.
And with just 1 game to be won from 2, it may be too tough a task for Warriors to stop Leonard’s magic. The Raptors are well and truly looking at glory. But Warriors would definitely not get down without a fight. As spectators, we are not complaining though! Check out Blocktoro for more exciting updates.