Title: Late-game decisions and how they helped the Raptors hang on in an ‘exciting’ game
Date: January 14, 2019
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I wrote about the Raptors’ late-game decision making in an ugly-fun double overtime against the Wizards.
Excitement is a very personal feeling. Some people love roller-coasters or horror movies while others find those particular forms of excitement to be too unsettling or terrifying to draw joy from them. The physiological response might be the same, but how people interpret and experience their reactions will vary by the individual. Some people even date, which is wild to me.
Attempts to quantify excitement, then, are subject to a personal reaction. It doesn’t mean they’re not worthwhile, and may even make them more valuable as a more objective measure of an experience.
Then again, sometimes metrics tell you that a game like Sunday’s double-overtime between the Raptors and Wizards was “exciting.” Other descriptors like “painful” or “will it just end?” or “is this what a double-hangover is?” may have been more fitting, depending on your perspective. It wasn’t that the actual basketball was ugly, necessarily, just that the game nearly turned into a three-hour broadway — I believe the rules stipulate games end at that point unless Terrance Ferguson has hit seven threes — before mercifully ending in its 178th minute of real time. For a Sunday afternoon start, it was just a lot.