Buzzer-Beater Lifts Raptors over the Celtics
If not for an old Hubie Brown DVD, the Toronto Raptors could be looking at a 3-0 hole in their Eastern Conference semifinal series against the Boston Celtics. As he was walking toward the bus following Thursday night's come-from-behind 104-103 victory over the Celtics, Raptors coach Nick Nurse glowingly talked about the origins of the final play that ended with OG Anunoby's game-winning 3-pointer.
He told The Undefeated's Marc Spears about a set of DVDs from 2008 that featured various basketball coaches talking about different plays. The one he remembered the most featured Hubie Brown. So when his team had 0.5 seconds left to steal a victory, he went to Brown's play. The funny thing about the play, though, is it didn't unfold according to plan.
Anunoby said it was designed for Pascal Siakam. Fred VanVleet said he was the first look. Kyle Lowry -- the 6-foot guard who somehow got the pass over 7-foot-5 Tacko Fall and into Anunoby's hands in the opposite corner -- said it was for VanVleet first, then Siakam as the second option.
No matter the design, two crucial things happened.
Game-4 will be played Saturday.