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SportRaptors coach on Kawhi Leonard's Game 7 buzzer-beater: 'That’s an old play I stole off a Hubie Brown DVD'

03:15  19 june  2019
03:15  19 june  2019 Source:   usatoday.com

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“ Kawhi ’ s Game 7 buzzer - beater was the same exact play we used at the Energy — I ’ll bet you, 10 times — to either win a This article originally appeared on Des Moines Register: Raptors coach on Kawhi Leonard ' s Game 7 buzzer - beater : ' That ’ s an old play I stole off a Hubie Brown DVD '.

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During one of the most important moments of the Toronto Raptors' NBA championship season, first-year head coach Nick Nurse went back to his Iowa roots.

With the Raptors locked with the Philadelphia 76ers in Game 7 and a trip to the Eastern Conference finals at stake, the Carroll, Iowa, native called up a play he discovered from a DVD he bought in Ames and used a number of times while coaching the then-NBA Development League's Iowa Energy.

And like it did so many times with the Energy, the play worked, this time on an even bigger stage: Toronto star Kawhi Leonard knocked down a buzzer-beating jumper that gave the Raptors a stunning 92-90 win.

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" That ’ s an old play I stole off a (longtime NBA coach and broadcaster) Hubie Brown DVD I got from Championship Books and Video in Ames, Iowa.” Nurse has had some time this week to reflect on his crazy coaching career, which reached its pinnacle last week. The 51-year- old celebrated the title with

Raptors coach Nick Nurse said the play that produced the Game 7 buzzer - beater against the 76ers was something he " stole off a Hubie Brown DVD ."

The Raptors went on to defeat the Milwaukee Bucks to reach the NBA Finals, where they dispatched the Golden State Warriors in six games to clinch the franchise's first championship.

But those trophy memories may not be in Canadian sports lore without the big play call by Nurse and performed to perfection by Leonard.

“Kawhi’s Game 7 buzzer-beater was the same exact play we used at the Energy — I’ll bet you, 10 times — to either win a game or send a game into overtime,” Nurse said in an interview with the Des Moines Register on Tuesday. “We’d pop Cartier Martin off that thing, and he’d bang that 3-ball (in) or go one-on-one like Kawhi did and make the play on that.

"That’s an old play I stole off a (longtime NBA coach and broadcaster) Hubie Brown DVD I got from Championship Books and Video in Ames, Iowa.”

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Nurse has had some time this week to reflect on his crazy coaching career, which reached its pinnacle last week. The 51-year-old celebrated the title with his team in Monday's victory parade in Toronto.

And what a wild ride its been for Nurse, who played his college ball at Northern Iowa. He also coached at UNI as an assistant and got his first head college coaching job at Grand View. He bounced around the globe coaching overseas, but always wanted to patrol an NBA sideline.

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When no one would give Nurse a shot to coach in the D-League, Nurse helped local Des Moines attorney Jerry Crawford create the Iowa Energy. Nurse became the team’s first head coach and guided the team to a D-League crown. The run with the Energy opened up more coaching jobs for Nurse, who also guided the Rio Grande Valley Vipers to a title.

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Toronto Raptors head coach Nick Nurse shares what was going through his mind as Kawhi Leonard ’ s Nurse then talks about Kyle Lowry’ s performance in Game 7 , the team’ s overall defense specifically in the last four minutes of play , what it is like to coach a player like Kawhi Leonard

Kawhi Leonard got the ultimate shooter' s roll and hit the first game-winning, buzzer - beating shot in the history of NBA playoff Game 7 s . You are using an older browser version. Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience. Inside Kawhi Leonard ' s historic buzzer - beater that

The success landed him on the Raptors' bench in 2013. When Toronto fired Dwane Casey last offseason, Nurse was promoted to replace him. He's obviously made the most of the opportunity.

Nurse credits all his prior coaching gigs, even his time in Iowa, for his success.

“I think all those jobs and all those stops, I can almost think of all kinds of situations that prepared me for this situation,” Nurse said. “And a lot of it was really similar, a lot of the basketball. Some of the plays I was using with the Energy, I was using this year — some big plays. So, there’s a lot of similarities to the game at all levels. There’s just a few more people watching at this level.”

This article originally appeared on Des Moines Register: Raptors coach on Kawhi Leonard's Game 7 buzzer-beater: 'That’s an old play I stole off a Hubie Brown DVD'

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