Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Warriors crush Spurs; Sixers blow away Heat; Raptors end game one hoodoo

Warriors crush Spurs; Sixers blow away Heat; Raptors end game one hoodoo

Kardinal Offishall - without his cross-country posse of the Rascalz, Checkmate, Choclair and Thrust - replaces the original chorus with one that now rhymes "notorious" with "Valanciunas". Frankly, the Wiz have 1-2-3-Cancun written all over them.

We'd heard snippets in commercial teasers, but you can now hear the full version via Sportsnet below.

If the Raptors were a weak No. 1 seed, Washington would have stolen this game.

Kelly Oubre Jr. hit a three and Gortat made a dunk to put Washington back in front, but Wright and Miles each hit three-pointers as Toronto used an 8-0 run to take a 103-96 lead with 6:27 left, and never trailed again. DeRozan began the third quarter with a layup and a drilled three-pointer. Ibaka had 23 points, and there were huge baskets made by C.J. Miles, Delon Wright and OG Anunoby, who hit nine three-pointers between them, part of the 16 three-balls that the Raptors bombed in, a playoff record for the team.

"No, I didn't", he said.

"Finally we find that connection with each other", the Lithuanian big man said. "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". 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.

It's just one game, and Washington looks ready to give Toronto a run in this first-round matchup. "We have to play it like a Game 7".

The Canadian outfit boasts the deepest rotation in professional basketball with several bench players who provide starter-level production; in fact, the second unit have outscored their opponents by nearly twenty-five points per hundred possessions. The Raptors had struggled to get started in series in the playoffs in the franchise's history, and in their recent history, slowing down their All-Star backcourt had been the recipe for success for opponents.

The Wizards led 91-88 early in the fourth quarter, but things turned in the favor of the Raptors after Scott was called for a flagrant foul, following an elbow that took down Lowry.

Coach Dwane Casey would say afterward, with a smile on his face, that he was feeling just fine at halftime. "We trust Lucas at any point in the game, in any situation, because of his shot-blocking ability and his ability to make the right decision".

"We've got the utmost confidence in our team-mates".

The Wizards worked away on Sunday inside the ACC's third-floor practice court, making adjustments in the hopes of evening the series on Tuesday before it swings to Washington. "Whether we were playing 12 guys or not, everybody was in the rotation, so when people's moment came, we were just ready to step up". In July, they traded for Miles hoping the veteran guard would help speed the transition to a modern brand of basketball.

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