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NBA Playoffs: Breaking down the Raptors-Wizards series

NBA Playoffs: Breaking down the Raptors-Wizards series

While the Raptors had exhausted of the Game 1 curse talk, Miles said opening a series with a win in general means plenty. (22) in game one of the first round of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at Air Canada Centre.

"That's old news, it's years ago", All-Star guard Kyle Lowry said. Washington went into the halftime break with a 59-55 advantage.

Even though the Raptors are a 59-win team that some people are even picking to represent the Eastern Conference, this win felt good.

Thanks to the balanced offensive effort, though, the Raptors ended a streak that dated back to 2001. On Saturday, DeRozan finished with 17 points on 6-of-17 shooting while Lowry only had 11 points while shooting 4-of-9 from the field.

TORONTO - Serge Ibaka had 23 points and 12 rebounds, Delon Wright scored 11 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter, and Toronto snapped a 10-game losing streak in playoff series openers by beating Washington.

Toronto entered having lost an NBA-worst 10 consecutive Game 1s since, including six at home. Lowry and DeRozan told reporters they would approach Saturday's game one as though it were a must-win game seven. You know? A Finals run would do just that.

Historically, postseason opponents have been able to throw the Raptors out of rhythm by sending multiple defenders at Lowry and DeRozan and daring others to beat them.

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"I always thought Serge was going to be the X-factor with his shooting when they double-team Kyle and DeMar", Casey said.

"That sequence was big for us just to get the lead back and kind of start to get a little bit of momentum, a little bit more push", Lowry said. "His 3-point shooting is huge". The Wizards shot 21 threes and made eight. "Whatever it was that that first game was about, hopefully we got it off our back". Earlier in his career, he was criticized for being a player that couldn't help his team when his shots were not falling.

"It's definitely a "pick your poison" (situation), but we just have to do better", Brooks said of the challenges the Raptors' revamped offense provides.

Point guard Fred VanVleet, the undrafted whirling dervish of the Raptors widely respected second unit and mainstay in those critical fourth quarter minutes all season, was officially ruled out for Game 1 about an an hour and a half before tipoff by head coach Dwane Casey.

The eighth-seeded Wizards were going up against the best team in the East.

Drake might want to be wary of talking to Wall, who during last year's Wizards playoff series vs. the Hawks correctly predicted in a dialogue with Atlanta's own Julio Jones, Gucci Mane and Quavo that he would do serious damage.


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