Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
Sports | By Ivan Ross

Lowry: Raps need to treat Game 1 like a Game 7

Lowry: Raps need to treat Game 1 like a Game 7

At least through one game this year, the young supporting cast didn't look bothered one bit by the moment, and DeRozan and Lowry also showed confidence in them, and the Raptors won through because of that.

An X-ray came back negative, and he was listed at day-to-day following the injury.

Durant, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson took charge in Game 1 of the first-round series to elevate the Warriors' intensity at last playing without fellow All-Star and injured two-time MVP Stephen Curry, sidelined since March 23 with a sprained left knee.

Beal again led the way as the Wizards took a 122-119 win at home over the Raptors on February 1.

Saturday wasn't a ideal performance for Toronto, and the team will fight through an April ice storm on Sunday and report to its new facility near the shore of Humber Bay.

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"He's always got the green light to force the issue if it's there", Raptors coach Dwane Casey said about DeRozan. You know? A Finals run would do just that. I'm not going to repeat what they chant sometimes. "We'll go to Wall Street and make a lot of money in New York, Bay Street here", the coach laughed. "So it's a psychological phenomenon that I don't have an answer for".

Despite the fact that the Toronto Raptors' roster has remained almost identical to last season's club, the team's front office, coaches and players have all suggested that a culture change took place last offseason.

Sometimes other players do just that. Nogueira was scoreless, and had just one assist, but that assist couldn't have come at a better time. It feels like this is the best team I've ever been on.

"They're a good team".

They have electric guards and Otto Porter, Jr., but much of the league thinks there's a whiff of dysfunction about them and, well, let's be honest: the Wizards' real strength going into Saturday was that the Raptors had lost 10 consecutive Game 1s. "That growth is precious". It's not like we've gone out and signed Larry Bird or Michael or anybody like that. "They're loud. At some point you can't hear your teammates standing next to you and talking to you".

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"Usually you have to get into the top ten (in the National Basketball Association draft) to get guys like Norm Powell and Fred VanVleet and those kind of guys. We still have some room to grow as an organization and as a team".

VanVleet injured his right shoulder in the regular season finale against the Heat on Wednesday.

Washington is not as efficient a three-ball shooting squad as Toronto, so to even it out the Wizards will have to close out on the shooters and make Raptors' players put the ball on the floor. Then Lowry teased Ibaka about his slick suit when he came to the interview podium, calling him "the best dressed man in the National Basketball Association".

Toronto earned the series split against the Wizards with a 102-95 victory in Washington on March 2.

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