The Raptors staged a huge comeback in Game 5 Tuesday against the Pacers, but Indiana almost pulled off a miracle of its own before losing, 102-99, and falling behind, 3-2, in the Eastern Conference quarterfinal series. Pacers swingman Solomon Hill hit a last-second three-pointer to tie the game, but it was waved off for coming just after the buzzer.
Hill had tossed up the ball after Indiana star Paul George elected to pass it to him rather than take his own shot. And after the game, noted Toronto native and Raptors super-fan/’Global Ambassador’ Drake let George know all about it.
Drake posted a photo of George to his Instagram, adding a tear to the forward’s face, with the caption, “3 – 2…I knew you were scared [smiling emoji].” Drake subsequently deleted the post, but this is, of course, the Internet, where troll jobs by hip-hop luminaries can never die.
In fairness — not that Drake is concerned about such things — George had a terrific game. The sixth-year veteran led all players with 39 points, and added eight rebounds and eight assists. However, George was unable to prevent his Pacers, who had a 17-point lead and never trailed through the first three quarters, from hitting the precipice of playoff elimination.
Meanwhile, Drake was making plenty of Pacers aware of his pro-Raptors feelings. Seated, as usual, at courtside, the rapper/singer clapped furiously right by Rodney Stuckey’s ears after the Indiana guard landed near his feet on a fourth-quarter turnover.
If Rodney Stuckey got any Drake on his Playlist it's definitely getting deleted after he see this pic.twitter.com/Dz6L4x9RH5
— Intellectual Killah (@IAmPhillyC) April 27, 2016
That was a moment that made for another Drake post to Instagram, one that he apparently felt needed no deleting. In fact, he turned it into a plug for his upcoming record, “Views From the 6.”