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21:35  19 may  2019
21:35  19 may  2019 Source:   thescore.com

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Nurse said Saturday, according to ESPN's Tim Bontemps. " I find the solace when (the Oklahoma City Thunder) got beat by 34 and 24 and went down 2 - 0 (during the 2012 Western Conference finals) and then won four straight against a great, great, great, great San Antonio team . " I don ' t know

" I don ' t really give a crap about that," Nurse added. " I just want our team to come play their ass off [Sunday night] and get one game and it changes the series." The Raptors have struggled to keep up with the Bucks in Game 1 and Game 2 . Toronto fell

Raptors' Nurse: 'I don't really give a crap' about history of teams down 0-2© Gary Dineen / National Basketball Association / Getty

The Milwaukee Bucks appear to have the Toronto Raptors on the ropes in the Eastern Conference finals, but Toronto coach Nick Nurse isn't interested in the fact that 94 percent of NBA teams with 2-0 leads have gone on to win their best-of-seven series.

"How do I find the solace (in that)?" Nurse said Saturday, according to ESPN's Tim Bontemps. "I find the solace when (the Oklahoma City Thunder) got beat by 34 and 24 and went down 2-0 (during the 2012 Western Conference finals) and then won four straight against a great, great, great, great San Antonio team.

"I don't know ... I don't really give a crap about that. I just want our team to come play their ass off (in Game 3) and get one game and it changes the series."

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Raptors ' Nurse : ' I don ' t really give a crap ' about history of teams . Nurse said Saturday, according to ESPN's Tim Bontemps. Raptors ' Nurse -- Don ' t care about 0 - 2 ; we can win. " I don ' t really give a crap about that. I just want our team to come play their ass off [Sunday night] and get

The Toronto Raptors are searching for answers against the Milwaukee Bucks in the Eastern Conference Finals, and according to head coach Following Toronto's 125-103 Game 2 loss Friday to go down 2 - 0 in the series, Nurse was told 94 percent of teams with 2 - 0 leads in best-of-seven series

The Raptors collectively failed to execute during the first two games in Milwaukee, with key players struggling throughout both. Pascal Siakam, for example, shot 37.2 percent from the floor in the two contests, while Danny Green clocked in at 26.7 percent.

Veteran center Marc Gasol, in particular, has come up short, shooting 14.6 percent. With the Bucks' defense regularly collapsing the paint, almost half of Gasol's shots have come from beyond the arc - where he's connected on just 2-of-9.

As such, Nurse was questioned about potential lineup changes for Game 3, specifically about swapping out Gasol for the more mobile Serge Ibaka and starting Norman Powell over Green. But Nurse responded by reinforcing the fact that Gasol and Green are veteran players with a combined 20 years of NBA experience.

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Source: Raptors coach Nurse to coach Canada at 2019 FIBA World Cup Toronto Raptors coach Nick Nurse is reportedly adding another Canadian team to his portfolio. The 51-year-old has agreed to coach Canada's men's basketball team at this summer's 2019 FIBA World Cup — and possibly beyond — a source confirmed to The Canadian Press on Sunday. A media report from RDS first surfaced early Sunday afternoon, hours after Nurse led the Raptors to their first Eastern Conference championship in franchise history with a thrilling 100-94 Game 6 victory over Milwaukee. The Raptors will play the defending champion Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals beginning Thursday in Toronto.

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" I don ' t really give a crap about ( history ). I just want our team to come play their ass off (Sunday night) and get one game, and it changes the series." And they’re not pretty if the Raptors hope to advance to their first NBA Finals in franchise history . In the 56 instances where a squad has won the

"I think your question here is this: 'Are you gonna dance with the one you brung to the ball?'" Nurse said. "It's not easy. You think certain series aren't for certain guys, et cetera, but I also think that we've gotten, we've had bad biorhythms a couple times, maybe three or four times in the playoffs, and then the next game our biorhythms were back intact.

"So I kinda trust these guys, know who they are, believe in 'em, and know they're better than they played last night and have shown that on bounce-back situations usually."

Game 3 goes Sunday at 7 p.m. ET in Toronto.

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