The Washington Wizards and Toronto Raptors meet Tuesday in game two of the first round of the National Basketball Association playoffs at the Air Canada Centre. It impacts us until he gets back. Kyle Lowry, who was battling a virus and coughed throughout the post-game press conference, finished with 11 points and nine assists for the Raptors. "Lucas is unbelievable, man", Serge Ibaka said". That league-best bench showed up on Saturday, especially when head coach Dwane Casey went to Lucas Nogueria off the bench. In fact that last time the franchise had won the first game of any playoff series was 2001, when the Raps beat Allen Iverson's Philadelphia 76ers in Game 1 of a second-round series they'd eventually lose.
"It's not a sigh". One of those three guys we can use in that position. Washington got back within seven, but couldn't catch back up. "We're in this for the long run".
The Raptors held an early 10-point lead against their eighth-seeded opponents, but the rest of the night was a scrappy back-and-forth affair.
There were a lot of same-old-Raptors stories being considered at halftime, if we're being honest. "He's been doing the same thing all year, it's nothing new". He's the kind of guy that's always ready.
A 3-1 win in the season series works in Oklahoma City's favor here, but all four of those games were played before Utah added Jae Crowder at the trade deadline, and Jazz center Rudy Gobert did not play in the last two matchups - both of them easy Thunder wins. "I only think about it when y'all bring it up". "That's the way playoff basketball is". The team that put an emphasis on three-pointers made 16 of them and outscored the Wizards by 24 points from beyond the arc. Then, with the white-clad crowd on its feet, Lowry found Serge Ibaka for a dunk with 1:42 to play, all but sealing the victory for Toronto. The Toronto Raptors have won five straight home games. But the Raptors made a statement in Saturday's second half, showing fight that has eluded them in their previous 10 series openers.
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In particular, three factors tend to have the most predictive power: the regular-season performance of the two teams as measured by point differential, their head-to-head record in the regular season and home-court advantage. Miles, acquired last summer for his long-range shooting, led the way with four, while Wright and Ibaka had three. IF - and yes, that is an "if" - they play well in the postseason this year, there will be a fair bit of residual value backing this squad; a team that has the potential to be a significantly undervalued commodity moving forward.
The Raptors jumped out to a fast start, getting big production from Jonas Valanciunas and rookie O.G. Anunoby in his playoff debut - a youngster also tasked with defending Beal.
Ok let's get into what happened in Game 1. "The first step in the journey", Miles said. This time, however, Brooks was not trying to teach a lesson, but rather send a message. "It just builds confidence in every single thing down the line".
Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment has closed Jurassic Park because of wintry weather that has descended on Toronto. But the Raptors' double-digit lead was shortlived and they led 28-23 after one. Toronto had 11 turnovers in the first half, leading to 12 points for the Wizards.
Toronto spent 82 games getting comfortable with a style that counteracts that - rather than shouldering a huge scoring burden, they have been asked to leverage their scoring abilities to put the defense in uncomfortable positions.