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Patrick Patterson makes steal, hits game winner to lift Raptors past Nets (VIDEO)

Jan 28, 2014, 1:14 AM EDT

This was a huge win for Toronto… if the goal is to win the Atlantic Division. Which it is for the players, if not management. Brooklyn had been surging and the Raptors needed a win to solidify their hold on the Atlantic, they got it 104-103.

They got it because Patrick Paterson first made a quality steal off an ill-advised inbound pass from Deron Williams, then Patterson make a sweet little play and knocked down the midrange jumper. Great job making the little fake and letting  Williams slide by so he had a clean look.

Paul Pierce came closer than he had a right to in taking the game for Brooklyn (considering the quality of shot he got off). In a season where some not really that impressive teams are going to make the second round in the East, there is no reason the Raptors couldn’t be one of those teams. As long as they don’t trade Kyle Lowry.

  1. ifiredboss - Jan 28, 2014 at 2:04 AM

    I was very disappointed with this play. This was not smart basketball. The team needs to have there head in the game in all 4 quarters. Coach Kidd needs to make the team aware of all opportunities to win the game. The team should not run a play that is in the backcourt. It should have been near toronto frontcourt. Then Coach Kidd, didn’t have a play for them if Toronto scored. They waited to long to set up an offense to get back down to Toronto end. Good shot by Pierce but failed to win the game.

    • borderline1988 - Jan 28, 2014 at 7:37 AM

      Agreed. Every team should have practiced plays for when you need a basket with no timeouts and is inbounding from your own baseline. I know it makes sense for Pierce to get the shot, but they should have had a faster guard bring up the ball. They could have had a play going to the basket in 6 seconds, instead they get a fadeaway 3-pt shot in defensive coverage with zero time on the clock.
      I’m sure that’s the first thing the Nets will practice.

      Don’t blame the inbounding on Kidd, that’s Deron Williams’ fault. An all-star PG should know when to make the pass, and when not to.

      The Nets just blew this game.

    • tk41 - Jan 28, 2014 at 2:17 PM

      Re-watch the play. The backcourt pass is about the 3rd or 4th inbound option there (Pierce & Anderson are covered – KG appears to be maintaining contact for the purposes of setting a screen/pic right after the inbound to run clock). Teams will often send a guy back if the initial action doesn’t work because it is an easier pass to make and the Nets had NO TIMEOUTS. That ball HAD to come out in 5 seconds or they would turn it over. If that happened, it would be the same mess Cleveland had a week or so ago.

      DWill had to get that ball out & made the best pass available. If you want to blame Kidd, blame him for having an unimaginative play drawn up – not for a backcourt pass.

      Also, no coach would have a play drawn up if TOR scored because they weren’t expected to touch the ball again. In “scramble” situations like that, teams revert to 1 or 2 pre-determined plays – here, the play was “have one of the best clutch shooters of all-time try and get a decent look” – which Pierce did.

      There is more credit to TOR than blame at BKN. Yeah, that pass should have been correctly inbounded, but Pat Patt made a heck of a play.

  2. heatlebronwade - Jan 28, 2014 at 3:50 AM

    The Nets are overated! And Jason Kid is exactly the same and can not lead a team he was a terrible hiring cause the Nets never make good decisions. Hardly a proud victory for the raptors as they only take on easy teams. Pattinson is a efective player and great player out of college wish Miami Heat could sign him instead of Michael Beasly.

  3. heatlebronwade - Jan 28, 2014 at 3:52 AM

    we dont need a loser bust overated cry baby pothead Michael beasly on the Miami Heat. But I trust Pat Riley and his decisions.

  4. canadatude - Jan 28, 2014 at 9:56 AM

    If it was not for the home town refs, the Raptors have the game in the bag long before a last minute play. Stevie Wonder could have done a better job!

    • borderline1988 - Jan 28, 2014 at 12:21 PM

      Refs weren’t that bad, but I can’t stand Paul Pierce. He flops on every play…he’s a big strong forward, he shouldn’t be screaming in pain or falling to the floor every time someone tries to block his shot, steal the ball from him, or hedge his pick.

      Some players like Lebron or Bosh get more flack for their flops because they do it so egregiously. Once in a while, they’ll pretend to get hit in the face or something – it looks really stupid on replays, but it doesn’t happen very often.

      But to me, guys like Jamal Crawford, Paul Pierce, James Harden and Chris Paul are way worse because they do it so much more often and within the context of normal plays. They look for contact every time they touch the ball and then exagerate it as much as possible. They play like little girls. Because they’re stars, the refs give them the benefit of the doubt, and the NBA never does anything about it. If the NBA wants to clean up that image, forget about the obvious flops that players try once in awhile and looks stupid on cameras. Go for the ones where players are exxagerating small amounts of contact on every single play…

      Those kinds of plays drive me nuts because they actually have impacts on every game.

  5. canadatude - Jan 28, 2014 at 8:54 PM

    The same guys who flop, also get the benefit of the doubt from refs when they clutch and grab. There should be one set of rules for all players. Not one for veterans and one for new players.

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