Title: Film study: Breaking down the final minute of the Raptors-Heat game
Date: January 10, 2018
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I broke down the final minutes of a tough loss to Miami that included a great game-winning set from the Heat.
The old Monkey’s Paw.
When I wrote last week about how the Toronto Raptors have performed in the clutch so far this season – what lineups they’ve used, how they’ve played, what it could look like moving forward – the thirst for more meaningful examples to draw from was palpable. With a tough January ahead of them, the Raptors figured to play a lot more close games, which would give both the team and the observer richer data about how this team may best finish games in the post-season.
Give me more clutch scenarios, I asked. The NBA, as if scripted by W.W. Jacobs himself, retorts by offering such scenarios. The first comes at the cost of Kyle Lowry. The second offers little for extrapolation, played without both Lowry and an ejected Serge Ibaka. And while I realize that these are not connected, that the NBA and the universe as a whole does not revolve around me, the protagonist of my own reality, it’s tough not to chuckle. Or groan.
In any case, the final minute of Tuesday’s loss to the Miami Heat was not without its lessons, even if Lowry and Ibaka figure to be in 100 per cent of important close-out minutes, health- and temper-permitting.