Title: Raptor Recalibration, Game 2: Not fouling late, Leonard’s passing in traps, Lowry’s foul-drawing and more
Date: June 3, 2019
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic, my playoff day-after playoff column looked at the Raptors dropping a winnable Game 2 of the NBA Finals to the Warriors.
The one that got away.
No, we’re not going to go down a personal road like that. Things happen, and you live your life from there. Similarly, the Raptors don’t have much choice other than to turn the page from Sunday’s Game 2 loss, though it might sting for today and it might sting again later depending on how this series plays out.
There are plenty of games over the course of a season and playoffs where you can play the “well if this happened,” or “if only that,” or “knock down a few more shots and…” It will drive you mad, and because every team can do that, often in the same game, it doesn’t seem worthwhile to dwell. Against the Warriors, though, the margins for error are so slim, the opportunities to take games — at home, no less — so elusive that any close-call is going to cause some consternation.
To wit, the Raptors allowed the Warriors to hang too close in the first half, took far too long to correct a 20-0 run across the second and third quarters, and still had a chance late. Kevin Durant was out, then Kevon Looney, then Klay Thompson. DeMarcus Cousins was in his second game back from a lengthy absence. Andrew Iguodala will outlive us all, but he’s playing hurt. The Warriors are still loaded like that, but it’s about as good an opportunity an opponent is going to get to steal a game back. Heck, even Steph Curry was sick in the first half. (Not that the Raptors are particularly healthy, either.)
No regrets. Except maybe this one, later.