"We have to play it like a Game 7".
The coach and player, seated side by side with gazes fixed on the court, took turns checking off all the important things that make an National Basketball Association player. He had said before the game that there was no obvious explanation for why this team had bombed through so many Game 1 losses.
"We let a few of their guys that just can flat-out shoot, shoot a lot of 3s", Wizards coach Scott Brooks said.
"I thought it was a playoff foul", said Scott. With AP Photos.Serge Ibaka had 23 points and 12 rebounds, Delon Wright scored 11 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter and the Toronto Raptors snapped a 10-game losing streak in playoff series openers by beating the Washington Wizards 114-106. "They had eight more threes than us". No Fred VanVleet? Wright nearly doubles his season average and hits three of four three-pointers. This limited time revealed much about Oubre: the depth of his potential as a relentless and varied defender who has a future in this league, but also the flaws of a young player who still needs to grow in the game. "Kelly's right in the same group of all of us".
"You feel the angst a little bit", he said. This Wizards team went 10-15 SU post-All Star Break, not exactly bringing their "A" games on either end of the court. "We got the job done, and it was a good win by us".
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"Minutes are going to be game to game", Brooks said, referencing Oubre. I'm not going to repeat what they chant sometimes.
After getting badly outshot by Cleveland in last season's playoffs, Casey made three-point shooting a focus this season, and Saturday they shot 16-for-30 from beyond the arc. But 15 of those assists came in the first three quarters as Toronto's defense made things hard in game's final stanza. He stole DeRozan's pass, then glued himself to the all-star while navigating Toronto's screens. The Wizards closed the gap late in the quarter, but Toronto still held a five-point lead after the opening 12 minutes, with a 28-23 advantage. The Toronto point guard hit two free throws and assisted on a Miles' 3-pointer to cap a 7-0 spurt for the Raptors.
If you paid attention to the Raptors in the regular season (or read this story), you know all about their "culture reset" and offensive transformation: Despite finishing sixth in offensive rating last season, they installed a completely new system in training camp, one which required their primary scorers to sacrifice touches, empower their teammates and move without the ball. The five-point deficit was now a five-point lead, and the Air Canada Centre exploded. Washington has played inconsistently all year, but they also missed John Wall for half the season. Expect Toronto to play with a chip on its shoulder and make an early statement with a big win and cover in Game 1. For me, [averaging nearly] 12 points this season was an added bonus. "I don't even know how to put it into words", Miles said.
We'd heard snippets in commercial teasers, but you can now hear the full version via Sportsnet below. I want to be good on offense.