As the Raptors tried to dissect what went wrong and when in a disappointing overtime loss to the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday night, a defeat that delayed any celebration of a clinched playoff spot, the last thing they concentrated on yesterday was an issue with the game clock.
There were so many other things to fix — things they could actually control — the matter of when the clock started on what turned out to be a disallowed T.J. Ford buzzer-beating basket seemed relatively inconsequential.
There were blown defensive assignments blown, lost rebounds and the all-too familiar passive offence down the stretch that kept them busy for most of yesterday’s practice.
“We just didn’t rotate like we were supposed to. We were in the help position (but) we were a step slow getting there to stop the basketball,” said coach Sam Mitchell. “There’s a lot things we didn’t do last night that we have to clean up.”