Last second jump shot blues.
Sunday, November 12, 2017
The Raptors traveled to the land of the Celtics on a mid-Sunday afternoon game. The Celtics were without their point guard Kyrie Irving who has suffered minor facial fracture below his right eye in Friday's win over the Charlotte Hornets.
What does this mean for the dinosaurs as they play a younger and much hungrier Celtics team?
Quick side note Kyle Lowry has passed Andrea Bargnani (6,581) for 4th place on the all-time scoring list. A pretty nice accomplishment to etch on his career.
Closing out the half, the Raptors were up 5 at halftime. Lowry with 14 points. DeRozan at least 10 points.
With no Kyrie Irving in the lineup and losing Gordon Hayward to a season ankle injury, these are games the Raptors have to steal, but to be honest the youth and maturity these Celtics are playing with shows time and time again they can win. Be on the lookout for this team to make a monster push in the playoffs when at full strength.
With a 1:36 left in the game the Raptors were down by 3 points until Jayson Tatum put the ball on the floor and used his soft touch to flush a layup to bring the Celtics to 5 points.
Kyle Lowry drove to the hoop to close the gap back to a 1 possession game, which almost got overturned as Serge Ibaka pushed Marcus Smart in the back as they were running to the basket.
The rookie OG Anunoby strong style of play gave him the ability to create a foul chance as he knocked down 2 big free throws.
Fred VanVleet secured a last-second foul to give the Raptors the ball back in position, where Demar had two chances to close out the game but settled for jump shots to lose the game 95-94.
The Celtics now have 11 games won in a row.
Growing pains still continue for the Raptors as they are now 7-4 in the Eastern Conference. They play the Houston Rockets in 2 days.