NBA coaches can information their groups by means of crunch-time possessions with play designs and lineup changes, however they’re usually restricted in how a lot they’re able to straight influence video games. Then there’s Raptors coach Nick Nurse, who might have prompted a turnover in his workforce’s Sport 6 win over the Celtics on Wednesday night time.
With lower than a minute to go in regulation and the sport tied at 98, Celtics ahead Jayson Tatum drove previous Pascal Siakam and encountered OG Anunoby serving to off his man. That opened a transparent passing lane to Daniel Theis.
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Sadly for Boston, Tatum’s go flew proper by Theis. How might Tatum, who completed Sport 6 with 9 assists, miss so badly on a fundamental kickout? Effectively, it is potential Tatum noticed Nurse standing subsequent to Theis alongside the sideline.
Whereas it is clear Nurse should not have been standing that near the motion throughout a dwell play, Tatum took the excessive street and refused responsible anybody however himself.
“That was my fault,” Tatum mentioned. “Cannot blame Nick Nurse. He is not enjoying. It was my fault.”
Did not understand till after the sport the explanation Tatum handed to Nurse wasn’t simply because Nurse was standing out of the coach field, however he was actually standing in bounds within the nook.
“That was my fault. Can’t blame Nick Nurse. He’s not enjoying. It was my fault,” Tatum mentioned. pic.twitter.com/yHbyqn0OXw
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Certainly one of Tatum’s teammates did not appear to share that view. When requested concerning the incident, Jaylen Brown did not name out Nurse by title, however he additionally wasn’t precisely delicate along with his feedback.
“You already know, like I mentioned earlier than, I feel it is a whole lot of feelings. It’s totally intense and issues like that,” Brown mentioned. “And typically issues appear to go overboard at occasions. Let’s hold it in examine. Let’s hold it respectable. And let’s hold enjoying basketball. Grown males ought to be capable to management themselves, particularly the teaching employees.
“So, let’s proceed to do what we acquired to do, play basketball. Let’s proceed to struggle.”
Would an correct go have assured a Theis Three-pointer? No, after all not. However in a extremely aggressive sport that went to double extra time, each alternative mattered, and the Celtics misplaced a important likelihood to take the lead and shut out their second-round sequence.
Now Boston will look to get well for Friday’s Sport 7. Celtics followers are hoping Nurse will keep within the teaching field for that matchup.