We’re still dealing with the fallout from Sunday night’s mess in Sacramento. It was rumoured (and expected) today, but now it’s for real: the Raptors are filing an official protest of the end of last night’s game against the Kings. I, for one, say fight the power.
By the now you’ve seen the offending sequence of events, but let’s play it again to get everyone good and angry:
Oooooo, the blood boils. I hope they have to repair that panel of flooring where Dwane Casey tossed his clipboard in disgust.
In any case, here’s Doug Smith of the Toronto Star with some facts about the protest:
Source: Raptors indeed launching official protest of end of game Sunday in Sacramento.— Doug Smith: Raptors (@SmithRaps) November 21, 2016
Protest costs $10K, money refunded if they win; have 5 business days to submit evidence, league has 5 days from then to rule https://t.co/s1lWVhHSSy— Doug Smith: Raptors (@SmithRaps) November 21, 2016
Raptors still determining next course of action; been one NBA protest upheld in 3 decades and it had to do with wrong foul count, not timing— Doug Smith: Raptors (@SmithRaps) November 21, 2016
That last tweet is the one to keep in mind. The NBA actually has rules for situations like the one last night, and there’s history working against the Raptors too. It seems unlikely the outcome will be overturned.
And also something to remember: even if this protest does succeed, the Raptors and Kings would have to play the final 2.4 seconds again, Terrence Ross (or some other Raptor, but let’s be real) would have to hit a 3-pointer again, and then they’d have to win in overtime. Crazier things have happened, but well... yeah.
In any case, stay the course, Raptors.