We joked about it in the post-game Google Hangout but the Hawks may have in fact got away with a late foul on Toronto's final shot attempt in Wednesday's 93-92 win over the Raptors. Following the game, Raptors head coach Dwane Casey sounded off on the officiating for repeated missed calls at the end of games:
"I'm tired of losing games because of missed calls at the end of games. I know the league is going to come down on me, but I don't care," said a seething Casey, smoke practically billowing out of his ears.
"These guys have fought their hearts out, played their hearts out and at the end of the game, we get cracked, (league sends out an) apology, go back to Canada. I've been in this league 18 years and I've never seen so many missed calls at the end of the game to cost us the game. We've got great officials in this league, and too good to miss calls and short-change young men like this. It's not right. I watched the replay three or four times, hoping that they (somehow made the right call) but they didn't," he said. "This is fourth time this year that we've been in this situation."
Following the game, Josh Smith and Al Horford were both asked about the final play following the game:
"Yeah it was [crazy]. You know, played some pretty good defense, DeRozan lost the ball, Kyle kinda grabbed it, fumbled it a little bit. The ball came out to Anderson, [I] contested it and after that... [chuckles] I don't know what happened."
"Everything just happened really fast. My first instinct was to block the shot and then the ball just kinda hung around so I just grabbed the rebound and saw there was one second on the clock and threw it out."