Twitter reacts to Raptors finally winning a Game 1

Lynette Rowe
April 16, 2018

The Washington Wizards came into game one of their first round series with the Toronto Raptors with a clear idea of what they wanted to do.

"We're not going to look at them like they're the eighth seed because we understand what this team is capable of", DeRozan said.

Of course, no playoff opponent in Raptors history has faced a bench like this one, either.

It wasn't the team that the Raptors might have picked to face in the first round.

Washington Wizards power forward Mike Scott will play in Saturday's Game 1 against the Toronto Raptors, reports Chris Miller of NBC Sports. (Serge) Ibaka, he's a terrific shooter. Serge Ibaka was the unlikely scoring leader for the Raptors with 23 points while pulling down 12 rebounds. But that raises a question: what happens if a team does what it thinks it needs to do against this bench but it still responds?

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VanVleet is averaging 6.8 points per game, 2.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game. All the more impressive that they did this without VanVleet, who makes the bench that much more risky for Toronto, and brings another weapon that they can use in clutch minutes.

"We knew what he had to do", Lowry told ESPN. Friday, the league suspended Wizards sharpshooter Jodie Meeks for 25 games for violating the terms of the NBA-National Basketball Players Association anti-drug program, meaning he will be ineligible for postseason play. "Some guys can just flat out shoot and they don't put the ball on the floor as well. We got the job done, and it was a good win by us". Fewer inefficient mid-range shots and more three-pointers. "That's what I thought ... but, you move on".

BC-BKN-Wizards-Raptors, 1st Ld-Writethru, 901 Ibaka scores 23, Raptors win Game 1, beat Wizards 114-106AP Photo JFJ526, NSD121, JFJ522, JFJ517, JFJ519, NSD119Eds: Raptors 114, Wizards 106. They worked the ball to Anunoby, the rookie, who coolly hit big shots like he had done this before. In the first half last night, the team didn't have a clear answer to how they would fill those minutes left by Fred's absence, and Norman Powell struggled as a replacement. The coach said his team had fought back from deficits before, and they remained confident that their new way of doing things would win out in the end. "A lot of times we were just reacting".

"They jumped on us", Brooks said. I know how to prepare. Not sure at all.

Golden State Warriors vs. San Antonio Spurs: Game 1 Location: Oakland's Oracle ArenaTime: 3 p.m. ET Channel: ABC Live Stream: WatchESPN.comToronto Raptors vs. Washington WizardsTime: 5:30 p.m. ETChannel: ESPNMiami Heat vs. Philadelphia 76ers Time: 8 p.m. ET Channel: ESPNNew Orleans Pelicans vs. Portland Trail BlazersTime: 10:30 p.m. Which takes away the only edge the Wizards had, and really, doesn't leave much to build on.

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