Kyle Lowry unimpressed with reaction to Kevin Durant injury by Raptors fans Combined with several failed attempts to tie the game, the Raptors ended up falling 106-105, forcing a Game 6.Due to a rule put in place by the NBA last season, teams can have just two timeouts within the last three minutes of the fourth quarter, leading many coaches to call one right before that three-minute mark hits.”At that time I felt that he probably wanted to get us some rest,” Leonard said of Nurse’s decision. “You never know. I mean, if we would have won the game, we wouldn’t be talking about it.”Whether the timeout caused the momentum shift is unclear, but coming out of it the Raptors struggled mightily in the final three minutes. The team missed five of its last six shots, including three 3-pointers. It also turned the ball over with less than 90 seconds left in the game, which led to Curry tying the score with a 3-pointer of his own. “We just came across and just decided to give those guys a rest,” Nurse said of the timeout, via ESPN. “(We) just thought we could use the extra energy push.”However, the Warriors appeared to be the ones to get a push. Klay Thompson hit a 3, which was followed up by another from Stephen Curry, then finally one more from Thompson to regain the lead. Related News Nurse admitted these mistakes were huge and ultimately cost them the game.”I think that in this day and age, up six with three minutes to go doesn’t mean a whole lot,” Nurse said. “You got to keep playing and getting good shots and keep guarding. We have been a really good close-game team this year, both ends of the floor. We really guarded in the second half; we held them to 22 each quarter, and I felt good at that point.”(We) just needed to make a couple more plays.” Raptors fan Drake offers support for ‘true warrior’ Kevin Durant The Raptors had the slight 103-97 edge over the Warriors with 3:05 left in Game 5 on Monday when coach Nick Nurse decided to call a timeout.The team’s dreams of winning its first NBA title were in reach, and after Kawhi Leonard scored 10 straight points, Nurse thought it was the right time to gather his players together. NBA Finals 2019: 3 takeaways from Warriors’ thrilling Game 5 win over Raptors
St George’s College avenged their ISSA Southern Conference Under-16 basketball final defeat to St Catherine High in the All-Island final at G.C. Foster on Tuesday, and one of the most critical performances of the day was that of tournament MVP, Jadeja McCormack.Jordon Gilles might have led the North Street school with 17 points followed by Samora Williams with 13 and Nathan Reid with 10 points. However, it was the overall contribution of McCormack that really made the difference.The point guard only bagged eight points, but his rebounds, steals and ability to control the tempo of the game made the young player an invaluable asset for the defending under-16 champions, and he credits the hard work that he puts in as the reason for his success this season.”We wake up five o’ clock to train and finish at 9 a.m. to 10 (a.m.). Then I would play some pick up ball with (Arnett Rockers) D 1 players. I will be the first one in at training most of the time, and I work hard in the gym, run, and do what I have to do. The hard work has paid off,” he told The Gleaner after helping his team defeat St Catherine.HAPPY FOR WIN”I am pleased and happy, too, because to work so hard and not come out with anything would have been disappointing, so I am glad we won and I won (MVP),” he added.He admitted he had his difficulties through this season and credit his team for helping him through the tough times.”Some games, I lost focus, but my teammates and coaches helped me pick up, and I thank them for that,” he said.”I take this (sport) very seriously, and sometimes, my mother would tell me to stop playing, she says that I will damage myself, but I love basketball. I don’t love anything more than it, other than my family. I dream of playing in the NBL, and I am working hard to make that dream come true. Next I would like play college ball or for a (US) Division One league until I can work my way to the top,” he said.St George’s coach Clifford Brown thought McCormack’s all round contribution was indispensable and vital to their success this season.”His performance was stellar. His ball control, his ability to manage the game, he manages a lot of steals and converts on free throws. He plays good defence, he heeds instruction and he followed the mandate given to him. He is the point guard and he is supposed to run the team, and that’s what he did,” Brown commented.- L.S.