Toronto Raptors Play of the Year: Terrence Ross Steals the Ball at the End of Game 7
May 4, 2014; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Raptors guard Terrence Ross (31) steals the ball late in the fourth quarter from Brooklyn Nets forward Paul Pierce (34) in game seven of the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Air Canada Centre. The Nets beat the Raptors 104-103. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports
The stage is set: Game 7. Down one. 8.8 seconds left. Brooklyn ball. Make a defensive stop or you can kiss your season goodbye. Terrence Ross, who’d been playing downright atrocious during the series, steps up and makes the most important play of the Raptors’ 2013-2014 season. T-Ross intercepted the in-bound pass intended for Paul Pierce and alertly threw the ball off of him while falling out of bounds. Be it game seven of the NBA playoffs, or during a division three men’s league game at the Mississauga Valleys, this was a very athletic play.
Yes, there were definitely many other plays that were much more exciting/jaw-dropping/memorable. But did any of those other plays save the Raptors’ season? Considering the situation and the sheer magnitude of the play, I couldn’t justify another play taking this spot. This play was the definition of CLUTCH.