End of Celtics and Raptors Preseason Game Was Beautiful Comedy of Errors
The end of Wednesday's preseason game between the Raptors and Celtics went as well as you might expect. It was basically your average, run-of-the-mill choreographed nightmare.
Yahoo! Sports' Dan Devine spotted this video from the end of the game, which should be all you Boston Celtics fans need to remember to avert your eyes this season.
We come in with the Celtics having the ball with about 15 seconds to go in the game. Boston gets a quick two, and we inch dangerously closer to more Raptors/Celtics basketball being played.
This is the moment we presume many watching from home exclaimed that they just wanted this preseason game to be over. Well, their prayers were answered, because—spoiler alert!—the score remains 99-97 for the duration of the final 10 seconds.
That's rather remarkable considering both teams had perfect opportunities to score. First, the Raptors' Julyan Stone breaks free on the ensuing inbounds in a play that should have Toronto fans actually nostalgic for baseball season.
Stone goes up with nothing but the rim in his way, which turns out to be a problem, because he completely botches the slam dunk.
Thankfully for the Raptors, the Celtics are a tad worse at the end of this game that means absolutely nothing in the grand scheme of things.
After an invisible defender blocks Stone, the ball finds its way into the trusty hands of Jordan Crawford, who airs a three-pointer that would have given the Celtics the win.
What's far more frightening is the fact that Jared Sullinger is there with what looks like the perfect opportunity to send this game into overtime.
Really, the best part of that beautiful dance was Brad Stevens' reaction. He looks like a man who just saw exactly what he wanted from a play he totally would have drawn up if he were that creative.
It's going to be a fun season.
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