Kyle Lowry: Raptors treating Game 1 like it is a Game 7

Tanya Simon
April 18, 2018

The result marks the Raptors' first Game 1 victory since Vince Carter poured in 35 points to lead Toronto past Allen Iverson's Philadelphia 76ers in the 2001 Eastern Conference semifinals.

The Toronto Raptors" slogan for the National Basketball Association playoffs says everything: "Prove "em".

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

"I know I got a lot of blame from some people in this room", he said when asked about the Wizards sweep.

DeMar DeRozan, the star player for the Raptors, mentioned that "our swag is at an all-time high". Here's all the information you need to watch this game.

"Playoff games are tough", Casey said. It's ancient history, he says. Intertops has built up an outstanding reputation over the last couple of years by offering one of the most reputable services on the web.

Led by Serge Ibaka, Toronto would snap that losing streak, beating Washington 114-106. Here are the Wizards' three biggest takeaways from Game 1 of their first round series.

It was a dramatic change from past playoffs, when the offence lived or died with whether Lowry and DeRozan made their shots, and when the post-Game 1 media sessions had the air of a funeral. "We been great at home all year".

"It's definitely a pick your poison, but we have to do it better".

"That sequence was big for us just to get the lead back and kind of start to get a little bit of momentum, a little bit more push", Lowry said. Fewer inefficient mid-range shots and more three-pointers.

Not an easy task, but it worked.

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Djukanovic , an ally of the West, has been six times prime minister and once president (1998-2003). Bojanic conceded defeat but said Djukanovic's victory was the result of "blackmail and pressure".

Raptors: Lowry played despite flu-like symptoms.

Later, head coach Dwane Casey described the club's second unit as a "luxury". "Our passing is up".

"We're a different team than three years ago".

And then, finally, everything changed. Our number of passes are way up.

Will their new ball-sharing style hold up in the playoffs? Guys understanding what we're trying to do.

"I think about Lucas (Nogueira)".

Anunoby made his first two 3-pointers and led Toronto with eight points in the first as the Raptors led 28-23 after one. However, they suffered 10 consecutive Game-One losses in the first round. The Raptors ran a tongue-in-cheek social media campaign to have their "bench mob" in its entirety considered for the sixth man of the year award. There's no question that the Raptors will pounce over the Wizards in this opening series.

Prediction: The Raptors are too deep and talented not to win this series. The Toronto Raptors have won five straight home games.

The Wizards ended their season in turmoil as the players started calling each other out in the press.

John Wall hasn't played against the Raptors this season, returning to the lineup on April 1 from a knee injury.

Wall and Drake are friends, so this is a good-hearted exchange. "We drill them every day". "We have to be able to close out on point, close out on the catch, know who has the ball and which way to close out on them". Lowry has been better than Wall this season by a wide margin. The Raptors would play the victor of Cleveland versus IN in the second round.

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