Published: Sun, April 15, 2018
Medical | By Marta Holmes

National Media Predictions: Raptors-Wizards Series

National Media Predictions: Raptors-Wizards Series

Ok let's get into what happened in Game 1.

Though Drake sat courtside in a Humboldt Broncos jersey at the Air Canada Centre for game one, there's more that parallels the Raptors and their North Over Everything campaign to Kardinal and his Northern Touch crew. And yes, Lowry and DeRozan shot poorly in the first half: 1-for-3 for the four-time All-Star point guard, 1-for-5 for the four-time All-Star shooting guard, seven points between them.

Next, the Raptors will try to hit reset on their playoff history with the Washington Wizards.

It might have felt like déjà vu, but it did not look like it - Toronto's offense was fine.

Anunoby scored eight points in eight minutes to lead the first-quarter charge, and his putback layup put Toronto up by 10 points just four minutes into the game.

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

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Serge Ibaka led the Raptors with 23 points and 10 rebounds, but Toronto had a balanced scoring attack.

The Raptors came into the day 0-9 in the opening game of the National Basketball Association playoffs.

Winning this way is not at all unusual for the 2017-18 Toronto Raptors.

"We have a lot of guys that can affect the game and are extremely talented and we've been able to use that to our advantage all year", Miles said of his team using an 11-man rotation in a playoff game. You know? A Finals run would do just that.

Toronto Raptors point guard Fred VanVleet will not play in Saturday's Game 1 matchup against the Washington Wizards.

Raptors: Lowry played despite flu-like symptoms. But will this series be a clean four-game sweep or could the Wizard's give the top-seed Raptors some problems? "It's the same role they've played all year", Casey said.

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"We've been here before", Beal said after the game. "His 3-point shooting is huge".

No player fits that bill quite like Miles, a dead-eye shooter who scored 12 points on eight shooting possessions Saturday, going 4-of-7 from behind the arc.

Durant, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson took charge in Game 1 of the first-round series to elevate the Warriors' intensity at last playing without fellow All-Star and injured two-time MVP Stephen Curry, sidelined since March 23 with a sprained left knee. Earlier in his career, he was criticized for being a player that couldn't help his team when his shots were not falling.

6 out of 6 experts pick the Raptors to advance.

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.

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