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#pounditWednesday, May 22, 2024

Nick Nurse crushed for taking timeout to stop Raptors’ run

Nick Nurse

Nick Nurse is being crushed for calling an oddly-timed timeout at the end of Game 5 that seemed to kill the Toronto Raptors’ momentum against the Golden State Warriors on Monday night.

The Raptors were leading 103-97 after Kawhi Leonard had scored 10 straight points to give them the lead. Leonard had made four straight shots, the Warriors had missed two in a row, and the Raptors had all the momentum but decided to halt their run by calling a timeout with 3:05 left. It was bizarre considering the team that’s seeing the game slip away usually calls the timeout, not the other way around.

After the timeout, the Warriors outscored the Raptors 9-2 to win the game 106-105.

Numerous media members expressed surprise over the timeout call by Nurse.

The Raptors coach shared his reasoning in his postgame press conference. He said they lose the timeouts after the 3-minute mark, so he figured he would use both before they were gone to give his players extra rest.

The move backfired as Golden State came out hot afterwards.

The Warriors have now forced a Game 6 of the series, which will be on Thursday in Oakland.


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