If you’re the Toronto Raptors, this is the shot you can live with.
Donovan Mitchell had the ball in his hands out top with less than 10 seconds on the clock Jazz down one — and he had been getting to the rim and causing problems. Mitchell said postgame he heard Raptors’ coach Dwane Casey yelling at Kyle Lowry to leave Ricky Rubio and double Mitchell out top, and Lowry did just that. Mitchell held the ball until there was about six seconds, pretended to start his drive, then kicked it to Rubio alone at the three-point line — from a spot he has shot just 28.3 percent from this season.
The Jazz have won a couple in a row now and are 4.5 games out of the final playoff spot in the West. It’s a lot to make up, but not impossible.