Sublime individual talent from Boston’s Kemba Walker – which included a blind rebound pass to Daniel Theis – put the Celtics ahead 103-101 with 0.5 seconds left.
The Celtics were celebrating the bucket like they had won. They almost certainly had it. Almost.
The ball fell through the net for the ravishing Raptors celebrations.
The Celtics have been rampant in the Playoffs so far, not losing a single game in a 4-0 shutout for the Philadelphia 76ers in the first round, before taking a 2-0 over the defending champion Raptors.
No team in NBA history has overcome a 3-0 playoff deficit, so this victory was crucial for the Raptors’ hopes of defending their title.
It really was a Raptors team effort. Lowry may have topped the score with 31 points, but each of his starters recorded at least 10 points.
The Celtics’ loss leaves fifth-seeded Miami Heat as the only undefeated team left in the playoffs. The Heat hold a 2-0 lead over number one seed Milwaukee Bucks.
Nash with fillets
Elsewhere in the NBA, after losing 4-0 to the Raptors in the first round of the Playoffs, the Brooklyn Nets made a new signing.
Last summer, they acquired eternal All-Stars Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving.
This time, however, it’s a new coach.
He will replace interim head coach Jacque Vaughn, who is retained as assistant head coach.
Since his retirement, Nash has worked with the Golden State Warriors as a player development consultant.
“I am honored to have this opportunity with such a top notch organization and I would like to thank Sean, Joe and his wife, Clara, for having confidence in my ability to lead this team forward,” Nash said in a team press release.
“Coaching is something I knew I wanted to pursue when the time was right, and I’m honored to be able to work with the exceptional group of players and staff that we have here in Brooklyn. I’m also excited about the prospects. of the team on court as I am about to move to Brooklyn with my family and become influential members of that community, ”Nash said.
“After meeting with a number of highly accomplished coaching candidates from a variety of backgrounds, we knew we had a tough decision to make,” said General Manager Sean Marks. “In Steve, we see a leader, a communicator and a mentor who will earn the respect of our players.
“I have had the privilege of knowing Steve for many years. One of the great on-court leaders of our sport, I have witnessed his insight in basketball and his selfless approach to putting team success first.
“His instinct for the game, combined with an inherent ability to communicate and unite players towards a common goal, will prepare us to compete at the highest level in the league. We are delighted to welcome Steve, Lilla, Lola, Bella, Matteo., Luca and Ruby in Brooklyn. “