Two of the most exciting games of the series came down to two big-time plays from big-time players. Let’s see how they played out.
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While Kings Guard Gaming gets one more crack at tying the score later in this game, it’s this particular sequence where Toronto sealed the deal.
Last night we saw Sacramento stay away from the lock and put the ball in Seem’s hands during a similar scenario, but Kenny is a secondary ball handler’s worst nightmare so Bash and Yusuf go into their pick-and-roll. Timelycook and Sick do a great job of bumping Bash and staying down on the pump fakes.
Yusuf just misses on a rub screen to free up Seem. When Seem gets the ball, Kenny is all over him so Sacramento resets into a handoff that leads into a wrap.
Notice how Timelycook goes under the screen instead of chasing Bash, Kenny immediately follows the wrap, and with Bash running on low stamina, Sick anticipates the kick out.
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The Finals MVP picked up his dribble in the beginning of this clip, but it’s fascinating that none of his teammates on the perimeter make a move to provide a passing option nor is there any sign of panic on Bear’s face.
Type and Trap play this a bit too aggressively causing them to get caught in a quick-but-awkward animation. Feast does a great job of sliding into the paint, and whether it was due to poor communication or genuine fear of giving up an easy dunk, both Hornets commit to the roll.
This sets the stage for Bear—who was on a cold ring—to calmly hit the dagger three.