Nick Nurse explains the timeout which may’ve price Raptors an NBA title


Nick Nurse had simply 5 seconds left to make use of a timeout, and he wasn’t going to lose it.

Looking back, which may have been the unsuitable choice.

There was 3:05 left in Sport 5 of the NBA Finals on Monday evening and the Raptors had been up by six after Kawhi Leonard scored 10 straight factors. The roof was coming off Scotiabank Area and Nurse referred to as timeout. On the three-minute mark, he would have misplaced the timeout, because of the rule that groups can solely use two timeouts inside the ultimate three minutes of the fourth quarter. However with all of the momentum on their aspect, the timeout did extra unhealthy than good for the Raptors.

“We simply got here throughout and simply determined to provide these guys a relaxation,” Nurse instructed reporters. “(We) simply thought we may use the additional power push.”

Issues fell aside for Toronto quickly after, because the Warriors saved their season with a surprising run of 3-pointers from Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson in a 106-105 victory.

“At the moment, I felt that (Nurse) in all probability needed to get us some relaxation,” Leonard mentioned. “You by no means know. I imply, if we might have gained that recreation, we wouldn’t be speaking about it.”

However the Raptors didn’t win the sport. And Nurse’s timeout is perhaps one of many the explanation why the momentum turned on a dime.