Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Twitter reacts to Raptors finally winning a Game 1

Twitter reacts to Raptors finally winning a Game 1

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.

In that sense, it felt just like previous Game 1s - the halftime deficit, the better-than-their-seeding opponent, the struggles from their stars.

While the Wizards spent their energy minding two guys, the defense did not account for Toronto's formidable supporting cast. They worked the ball to Anunoby, the rookie, who coolly hit big shots like he had done this before.

"We got Game 1, as we should".

With the win, Toronto, which finished with the best regular-season record in the Eastern Conference, takes a 1-0 series lead.

The Wizards kept things close through three quarters behind a strong effort from Wall, but a 10-0 Raptors run in the fourth quarter secured a 114-106 Game 1 win and fended off panic in Toronto that nothing had actually changed with this team. 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. With the bench units, it was Delon Wright and CJ Miles in this game, although VanVleet, Pascal Siakam, Jakob Poeltl and Bebe are all capable of scoring outbursts as well, even if none of those guys was called upon to have that impact last night.

"I think the coaches did a good job of keeping us in the rotation all year whether we were playing 12 guys or not".

"We knew that was how they were going to try to play us, especially K-Low and DeMar, they're going to try to double them". It started to spiral when Mike Scott was whistled for a flagrant one less than two minutes into the fourth quarter - Kyle Lowry made both free throws, and on the re-possession Wright rolled in a driving reverse layup to give the Raptors a lead they'd never relinquish. A few minutes later, Toronto showed off some impressive ball movement and Wright knocked down an early dagger to give the Raptors a 12-point advantage, their biggest lead of the afternoon.

Miles' second 3-pointer of the quarter put Toronto up 103-96 with just over six minutes to play. You lock down Lowry and DeRozan for much of the game and, for the first time against the Raptors this season, you have your own transcendent star available in Wall. But, everyone in the league knows Serge Ibaka can shoot, and he hit 3-of-4 of his three-pointers.

Toronto played without Sixth Man of the Year candidate Fred Van Vleet.

But we're not satisfied.

Not long after John Wall posted a picture of himself getting on the Wizards' team plane on Friday, rap superstar Drake dropped some friendly trash talk into the comments section.

Lowry led the Raptors with almost 38 minutes played while DeRozan logged 35. And, as Bradley Beal said, "DeMar (DeRozan) even made some threes in the fourth", which probably sounds a little harsh but ... "They were 16 for 30 from 3, so that hurts you when you're competing".

Washington will have two days to find a counter to Toronto's depth as Game 2 is set on Tuesday.

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