Kyle Lowry couldn't get over Serge Ibaka's postgame outfit

NBA Playoffs 2018: Predictions, Picks for Wizards vs. Raptors

Serge Ibaka finished with 23 points, 12 rebounds and two blocks and Delon Wright scored 11 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter for the Raptors, who are off to a winning start in a playoff series for the first time in nearly 17 years.

Past Raptors teams might have been fazed by a poor shooting half from Lowry and DeRozan, some debatable calls that made them lose their poise momentarily in the first half, or the water leak from the ceiling of the Air Canada Centre that briefly delayed the start of Saturday's game (one writer joked he always knew the Raptors didn't have much of a ceiling).

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. Delon Wright and C.J. Miles had 18 and 12 apiece. And, by all means, no more Game 1 losses after losing 10 straight in playoff series openers. It's a straightforward strategy that had created long, hard playoff series for the Raptors, even when they did eventually move on to the next round, and had allowed the Cleveland Cavaliers to defeat them in each of the last two years.

The Washington Wizards could use a win here to steal home court advantage before going home for game three. "Brush it off and move forward". The anchors of the Toronto lineup, who had said they were treating Game 1 like a Game 7, were instead playing like the Game 1s of recent Raptors history: poorly.

Lowry connected on both free throws and then found Wright for a layup to give Toronto the lead.

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

"Playoff games are tough", Casey said.


"I think everybody needs to be a little better", Brooks said Sunday about the team's defense. Make no mistake about it - the Raptors have been a dismal pointspread team in the postseason throughout the Dwayne Casey era, quite literally never living up to betting market expectations.

Wall has played back-to-back games once since returning to action on March 31, and he may have a hard time defensively opposite Toronto's Kyle Lowry in the point guard matchup. "It's definitely a pick your poison, but we just have to do it better", Brooks said. The Washington Wizards are averaging 106 points on 47.7 percent shooting and allowing 114 points on 53.2 percent shooting. "For some reason we didn't lock in those first few minutes".

The Philadelphia 76ers crushed the Miami Heat 130-103 after outscoring them by 31 points during the second half. Otto Porter started despite sitting out Wednesday's season finale because of a strained right calf.

Washington's talented backcourt of John Wall and Bradley Beal can torch any defence in the National Basketball Association on a given night and have performed quite consistently in the playoffs.

Raptors: Lowry played despite flu-like symptoms.

DeRozan had 12 points in a third quarter that saw neither team lead by more than five points. They finished with 17. VanVleet was injured in Wednesday's regular season finale.

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