Two games ended with pretty spectacular plays last night. And Jim Boylan, aspiring head coach and presumed student of the game, could have learned something. Like what a set play is, for one, and why it's better than the "Gordon dribbles out the clock, then does something, anything" to end games.
Milwaukee was down one point with something like 2 seconds left on the clock. Coming out of a time-out, Terry Stotts [correction: Larry Krystowiak]has his team inbound to Bogut on right block, who immediately passes out to some guy named Sessions for an 18-foot baseline jumper. Ballgame. [Correction: as KT points out, this wasn't a set play according to Bogut. But it worked perfectly, so Boylan should take note of this one.]
Also last night, Toronto should have won when they came out of a timeout with the ballsy inbound alley-oop pass to the smallest guy on the court. There was only 0.5 left on the gameclock, and the inbounds pass was the lob to the streaking TJ Ford, who laid the ball in. (As it turns out, the clock operator had started the clock before hand, essentially robbing the Raptors of their victory).
If I'm Paxson, I'm sending a tape of these highlights to Boylan with a note esentially asking why he insists on giving the ball to Gordon for an isolation play to end every close game. Has this worked since Gordon's rookie season?