Wizards eliminated from NBA Playoffs with Game 6 loss to Raptors

Wizards eliminated from NBA Playoffs with Game 6 loss to Raptors

Wizards eliminated from NBA Playoffs with Game 6 loss to Raptors

The Raptors' series against Washington reached six games because the home team is unbeaten.

The win allowed the Raptors to accomplish many things: it was the first time in five playoff attempts at Capital One Arena that Toronto managed to come out on the good side, it sent them into the second round having finally dispatched the eighth-seeded Wizards, and it restored the sense that the East's No. 1 seed might have finally turned a playoff corner.

These are the sobering, snarky or dare I say, smart thoughts that stick with me when I watch Raptors games.

The comeback wasn't fueled by any of Toronto's superstars but by the team's bench. Maybe this time, DeRozan will forget those bad games behind and concentrate on the present. "We've got to keep our mind on our business". "He's the engine that drives that group".

With just under nine minutes to play, and Game 5 threatening to slip away, coach Dwane Casey went with a lineup that had played less than 10 minutes together all season. As noted in my piece from Thursday, Lowry's forced rest during the regular season really paid off for the Raptors, while pushing Wall to the limit didn't work for Washington.

Toronto ranks fourth in three pointers attempted per game (32.7) while Washington ranks 24th (26.2).

During one futile sequence, Oubre ignored John Wall's pleas for the ball and made a decision to take on three Raptors en route to the basket. "It's nothing new to us". "In a playoff game, a closeout game, you wouldn't expect your two backcourt guys to do that, but that's how our team is built", said Lowry. "They've been good to us all year, and they closed it out for us tonight". "And now we're here".

After losing to the Toronto Raptors 102-92 in Game 6 and being ousted with a overall 4-2 scoreline in the first round playoffs on Friday, the Washington Wizards star guard John Wall said the team will be stronger next season. If Indiana plays like this on Sunday, the Pacers could make history. The Raptors, who'd been the better team in the first quarter in the previous five games, shot just 35 per cent in the first quarter, and didn't go to the line once, and Washington took a 30-20 lead into the second. Then Kyle Lowry and Jonas Valanciunas checked into the game, and they stretched the lead as high as eight points.

"For me, [this] was upsetting, [mostly] because I miss 40-something games". Bradley, playing those minutes, moving, cutting - I think had a quote, he said he was exhausted last game, you know, that's basketball. "And the headache that comes with that".

"We knew they were going to make a run, they were on their home floor, we just had to stay aggressive", Kyle Lowry said of the Raptors in the fourth. "We got the lead and they never got back into a groove".

Washington point guard John Wall has proven in the first round series with the Raptors that he is fully recovered from the knee injury that cost him half the regular season.

I am taking the Raptors to close this series in game six. Toronto trailed by as many as 12 points in the first quarter and were down 53-50 at the end of the second. The Raptors' first lead did not come until the third quarter, and they were back down by five points entering the final period.

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