Twitter reacts to Raptors finally winning a Game 1

16 April, 2018, 01:50 | Author: Laura Christensen
  • Raptors guard De Mar DeRozan

"We've been great at home all year, and that's something we've worked for and gained that reputation from the beginning of the season, how we ended up playing at the end of the season, so we already had that in our minds". We had opportunities, several opportunities, to win tonight and close it out but we didn't. Lowry gave Toronto 11 points but nabbed a pair of steals and dished out nine assists, while DeRozan had 17 points and six assists.

Even though Toronto has lost 11 of 12 series openers SU all-time in the playoffs, it has also never been the top team in the conference. The Raptors went 3-6-1 ATS in their ten playoff games previous year.

"It's not a sigh". The coach said his team had fought back from deficits before, and they remained confident that their new way of doing things would win out in the end.

"We knew what he had to do", Lowry told ESPN. And we don't expect him to be out long.

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.

No sequence on Saturday showed what Toronto is about more than a late-fourth-quarter possession ending in a 3 for Wright.

"Playoff games are tough", Casey said. The 1998 hit's blustery sentiment of "don't underestimate us just because we're Canadian" certainly resonates. They've been doing it all year... He's the kind of guy that's always ready. "When he doesn't focus on defense, that's when I get frustrated because you don't want to be known as the guy who has potential to guard". "That's the way playoff basketball is". A referees' review then disallowed an earlier Mike Scott basket (released after the shot clock), and then Lowry scored, and suddenly it was a nine-point Raptors lead with just over five minutes left.

The Washington Wizards came into game one of their first round series with the Toronto Raptors with a clear idea of what they wanted to do.


There were numerous positive signs in the win that weren't there last season. The undrafted backup point guard, who has evolved into the leader of Toronto's top-rated bench, was still recovering from a shoulder bruise suffered in the regular season finale.

Therefore, although the Raptors have not gotten over the hump in recent years, they have a chance to dethrone LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers and vault into the NBA Finals. Do they abandon the traps in favor of taking away the supporting cast, and force DeRozan and Lowry to beat them against single coverage, or do they keep challenging the Raptors role players?

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 had four, while Ibaka and Wright hit three apiece.

The Bucks will also have the best player in the series, forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, and I found past year that teams with this advantage do win somewhat more often than their team stats would suggest. "The first step in the journey", Miles said. And the biggest thing is to get a good foot forward. Guys understanding what we're trying to do.

Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment has closed Jurassic Park because of wintry weather that has descended on Toronto.

The Wizards won 107-96 at Air Canada Centre on November 5 as 6.5-point road underdogs and also picked up a 122-119 victory as four-point home underdogs on February 1. But the Raptors' double-digit lead was shortlived and they led 28-23 after one. The Wizards shot 21 threes and made eight. Toronto had 11 turnovers in the first half, leading to 12 points for the Wizards.

Washington led by four points at halftime, and Toronto's two stars struggled again.

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