Play-offs: Raptors go 2-0 up after record points high
Apr 21 2018
The Raptors are hoping to have a 2-0 advantage before traveling to Washington for the next game.
Not that they're overly excited about it. But DeRozan, along with Lowry, came into the playoffs with a less-than-stellar postseason résumé.
This video from Game 2 encapsulates it all.
DeRozan was then asked about how he had approached Game 2, which began with him finding open teammates and then turned into the DeMar Show, a 37-point piece of art that showed off the full range of his scoring skills. For game two, Toronto's starting lineup is most likely to consist of Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, OG Anunoby, Serge Ibaka, and Jonas Valanciunas.
"I think the fans are more relieved than we are", Wright said. The 27-year old point guard did not play against the Raptors in the regular season. "We're in this for the long run". DeRozan's line was well-rounded; He added five rebounds and four assists in addition to his game-high points total.
He earned the trust of head coach, Scott Brooks, as well. Furthermore, the Raptors are also the better rebounding team in this matchup, and they have out-rebounded the Wizards 92-77.
Mike Scott hit a 3-pointer, and so did Lawson after yet another tremendous block by Wall. There's no reason the Raptors can't close this series out in five games or less. Star guard John Wall finished with team-high 29 points and nine assists.
The Wizards swept Toronto in the first round in 2015 but find themselves in a quick hole this time around. "We need him", said Brooks. "So we're very fortunate to have two young guys that we feel comfortable with having there in the fourth quarter in critical situations". This team as now constructed, from what we've seen, is nowhere near good enough to upset a team hitting on all cylinders. "Brush it off and move forword".
Holding pace: Things were more even in the second quarter, as the Raptors narrowly won the quarter 32-31, despite Washington shooting 65 percent in the frame. Lowry made both free throws and, on the ensuing possession, Wright gave Toronto the lead with a layup. He played three minutes and missed his only shot attempt.
"From their standpoint, knowing what they know, they just made the call to get me out of there ..." By the end of the first quarter, a rout seemed to be on between the top-seeded Raptors and No.8-seeded Wizards. "They have a great team, have a lot of size, a lot of versatility". "He was cool as a cucumber".
On Jonas Valanciunas guarding small-ball lineups and accepting it when he doesn't get to: "I was just watching film with Jonas and talking to him about there's certain small lineups that it's very hard for him to guard unless he's just dominating on the other end".
Wall scored nine points in the first, but Gortat and replacement Ian Mahinmi each had two fouls before the first quarter was half over. Valanciunas had eight rebounds in the opening quarter.
Instead of being down only six, the Wizards suddenly trailed by 10 and the lead never again got below double digits.