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Thursday, September 19, 2019

Nick Nurse doesn’t care about Raptors’ 0-2 deficit

Nick Nurse

The Toronto Raptors are in a very tough spot, but coach Nick Nurse knows better than to dwell on it.

Nurse made it quite clear that he didn’t care about the Raptors’ 2-0 deficit against the Milwaukee Bucks in the Eastern Conference Final, nor is he concerned about the statistics that surround him. When told that 94 percent of teams with 2-0 leads go on to win the series, Nurse more or less brushed it off.

“That can’t be right,” Nurse joked, via Tim Bontemps of ESPN. “That can’t be right. Check the figures.

“I don’t know. How do I find the solace [in that]? I find the solace when OKC got beat by 34 and 24 and went down 2-0 and then won four straight against a great, great, great, great San Antonio team. I don’t know.

“I don’t really give a crap about that. I just want our team to come play their ass off [Sunday night] and get one game and it changes the series.”

Nurse is using the Oklahoma City Thunder’s comeback from 2-0 down against the San Antonio Spurs in 2012, and he might as well. Toronto is in a tough spot, but the good news is they’re going home for two games. They have to get past what’s happened already — especially Game 1 — and simply go out and win Game 3 to stay in the series.

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