Lake Buena Vista, Fla – The Boston Celtics took a 3-0 lead in the Eastern Conference semifinal series against defending champions Toronto Raptors.
But after the Raptors forward OG Anunobi Toronto escaped with a 104-103 victory, and the Celtics went ahead and shook for a stunning buzzer hitting 3-pointers. Jaylan Brown He did not try to hide his hatred of allowing the Raptors to survive – as a result the series could continue.
“It was just an insult at the end of the game,” Brown said. “It simply came to our notice then.
“We should not miss that game. I’m responsible for it. Not only that game, but a lot of the plays before it. It’s happening. This is the NBA playoffs. Either you let them speed up or you’re ready to come back and play the next game.”
The Celtics seem to have it all, but the quest to retain the Toronto title has ended Kemba Walker The Raptors played a ridiculous game to split the Guard’s double team Fred Van Vleet In the middle Mark Gasol, Line up and throw a no-look bounce pass Daniel Thees For a dunk with 0.5 seconds left to give the Celtics a 103-101 lead.
When trying to bounce the Toronto ball – 7-foot-5 Taco Fall, Defends inbounds after subscribing to Walker Kyle Lori, Who is listed at 6 feet – there was a miscommunication between And Jason Tatum As Anunobi, Brown ran to the opposite corner of the basket with the baseline.
Tatum thought Brown had been told to stay with Anunobi and move to double-team Vanville. Meanwhile, Brown stayed in the paint with gasoline for a long time, waiting for Lori’s pass to pass to Anunobi, who was waiting at an angle for it to come, when he had to fly out to defend himself.
He was only able to get there after the ball had dropped Anunobi’s hands – helpless to do anything for him and the rest of the Celtics, but watch the shot fall through the net when the buzzer sounds. In celebration of saving the season, the Boston players threw their hands in the air in disgust.
“A miscommunication [of] The coverage we had, “Brown said.” that’s all. In the end they put on a remarkable play. [Anunoby] Move along the baseline, we need to communicate well, that’s all. As a unit it cannot happen. We matched, oji snack with baseline, did not recognize him earlier, and he got a wider look.
“We have to be better than that. We have to communicate well. I’m been four years old, I have to be better. I can not give up 3 at the end of the game. … He scored a remarkable shot, but still.
“It’s an insult. It’s horrible. There’s no excuse for that. It was ridiculous. You can’t take your foot off the gas. We have to get ready to play Game 4.”
After beating Boston Toronto in Game 1, the last two games before the start of the series played as expected, with the top two defensive teams in the NBA pulverizing last-minute landing games.
In Game 2, Walker had the biggest shots of the game in the last two minutes. In Game 3, it was Walker who gave Tokas an irrelevant pass to do so again.
“It was a great play,” Brown said. “He did his job and found the man who drew two. He made us two. It was a big play for us.
“Point-five on the clock. We need a stop to win the F game.”
But the Celtics did not get that stop. Within those half seconds, they saw a chance to strangle a series – and allow the current champions a new lease on life.
“I mean, they’s a good team we play for,” said Celtics coach Brad Stevens. “They are tough and smart, they make you jump, but our people really competed, they really fought.
“Both teams gave up everything in a great game tonight. It hurts, it’s a defeat, but we’ll get back to it and get ready on Saturday.”