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Raptors coach Nick Nurse takes shot at NBA officials after Jayson Tatum’s free throw galore

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It is safe to say that Toronto Raptors head coach Nick Nurse was not a happy camper after his team was once again taken down by the surging Boston Celtics on Tuesday evening in Orlando.

With the Celtics now up 2-0 over the Raptors in the second round of the postseason, Nurse believes that the NBA officials in charge of the Eastern Conference showdown are to blame for Toronto’s latest loss.

More specifically, Nurse was quite unhappy with the fact that Celtics forward Jayson Tatum attempted 14 free throws in Game 2, which ultimately ended in a narrow loss for the Raptors.

“The only frustrating part is that he shoots 14 free throws tonight, which is as much as our whole team shoots,” the Raptors coach told reporters after his team’s Game 2 loss to the Celtics, via Ben Golliver of The Washington Post. “They took very good care of him tonight.”

With the Celtics coming away with the 102-99 win over the Raptors, Tatum finished the outing with a game-high 34 points to coincide with his eight rebounds and six assists over the course of 42 minutes of action. In Game 1, a 112-94 blowout win for the Cs, Tatum recorded 21 points, nine rebounds and two assists across 37 minutes.

After the Celtics took down the Philadelphia 76ers and the Raptors defeated the Brooklyn Nets, both teams entered their ongoing second round matchup red-hot. However, it’s Boston who has managed to keep things moving in the right direction, with the defending champions now needing to find an answer sooner rather than later.