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Andray Blatche, a backcourt violation, a possible goaltend and a wild finish in Raptors-Nets Game 5

Apr 30, 2014, 11:37 PM EDT

With 4.9 seconds remaining in Raptors-Nets Game 5 and Brooklyn down two points, Andray Blatche missed a free throw but grabbed the rebound.

Then, things got weird (aka Blatchey).

Rather than attempt a game-tying 2-pointer, Blatche dribbled out toward the corner. But before he got beyond the arc, he spun and passed to Deron Williams. The ball sailed over the head of Williams, who ran into the backcourt, picked it up and heaved it dangerously on track toward the rim.

Standing near the basket, Jonas Valanciunas poked the ball on its way down, still allowing it to hit the rim. Valanciunas almost certainly saw a backcourt-violation signal, mostly excusing him. But why risk misreading a referee to make that play?

The officials reviewed the backcourt violation and upheld the call, ruling no Raptor tipped the pass, and gave Toronto the ball.

From there, the game ended relatively quietly. Greivis Vasquez threw the final inbound pass toward the Raptors’ own basket, giving the Nets a chance to steal and shoot from close range. A leaping Williams couldn’t quite intercept the ball, though, and Terrence Ross caught it to finally guarantee a 115-113 Toronto win.

  1. thesixersbench - May 1, 2014 at 12:06 AM

    The quintessential Andray Blatche play.

    That being said…I have a weird feeling the Nets are gonna take it in 7. We’ll see.

    • packergator - May 1, 2014 at 8:50 AM

      A young and playoff-inexperienced Raptor team showed just how easily a huge lead can be lost. I’d guess the Nets rebound (so to speak) in Game 6, setting the stage for the Raptors to take Game 7 and the series at home.

  2. atwatercrushesokoye - May 1, 2014 at 12:19 AM

    What no mention of this being the Nets’ series to lose?! Go Raps!

    • ranfan12 - May 1, 2014 at 1:12 AM

      Nets in 7

  3. eugenesaxe1 - May 1, 2014 at 1:59 AM

    Biatche isn’t a rocket scientist, that’s for sure.

  4. 1972wasalongtimeago - May 1, 2014 at 7:29 AM

    Pierce was awesome in the 4th. That’s why they brought him there!

    • phillyguyindc - May 1, 2014 at 8:11 AM

      It would help if he contributed something in first three quarters.

  5. borderline1988 - May 1, 2014 at 9:22 AM

    The Nets should let Joe Johnson take 60 shots per game. The Raptors couldn’t guard him even though they were double-teaming him every time he had the ball. It was like going against kindergarten players.

    Dwayne Casey needs to manage his rotations better. JV needed to have been in there faster (in the 4th) – the Nets have no answer for JV.
    I’d also like to see Hansborough get more minutes over Chuck Hayes. The Nets commit a ton of loose-ball fouls when trying to rebound on their own end, because they’re not very good at rebounding. Hansborough is perfect for those types of situations. And Chuck Hayes isn’t willing to defend Teletovic out to the 3pt line.

    Lastly, no more John Salmons. He’s awful on offense; he keeps shooting but never hits. And if he cannot guard Joe Johnson anyways, what’s the point in having him on the floor.

  6. jcrileyesq - May 1, 2014 at 10:24 AM

    If you ever watched the Wizards you are not surprised by any bone-headed play by Blatche or Javel Mcghee… I truly believe he lost track of the score and thought the Nets needed a 3 to tie the game

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