They got in the way.
In a nutshell that is what happened to the Raptors on the final play of yesterday's game.
The Trail Blazers just got in the way and the play that was supposed to be run never got started.
Down by one with 8.4 seconds left, the Raptors were inbounding the ball in Portland's end with a chance for the win.
Jason Kapono's inbounds pass wound up in Chris Bosh's hands about half way between midcourt and the Portland three-point line.
Bosh put his head down and went to the basket but his running hook shot from the left hand never found the mark.
Raptors head coach Jay Triano didn't want to explain what should have happened -- "I don't want to give the play away because we might use it again," he said -- but did explain why the original play didn't get past his whiteboard.
"We got impeded when we tried to get where we were going and we ended up just having to throw it inbounds," Triano said. "In hindsight we probably should have called another timeout. It was a good play. We just got hung up on a guy."
A FRUSTRATING QUESTION
Bosh is as accommodating a post-game interview as there is in the NBA. He usually he makes reporters wait a while -- although that wasn't the case yesterday -- but he patiently responds until there are no more questions.
Early in yesterday's post-game chat with a horde of media, the frustration question came up and Bosh made an appeal.
"I'd like everybody to do me a favour a stop saying frustrated," Bosh said. "Everybody always asks how frustrated something is. We got out-rebounded and that's the point about it. We have to get better at rebounding but it's not frustrating. We just have to get better at it."