The Wizards’ Game 1 win in Toronto is a step, but no series-winning guarantee. Teams that win Game 1 on the road are 68-56 (.548) all time. They also lose Game 2 almost all the time: 9-95 (.234).
Veteran Paul Pierce had residents of Toronto wound up even before tip-off Saturday. By the end of Game 1, he had silenced them with a game-high 20 points and a Wizards road win to open the series.
Toronto general manager Masai Ujiri used an expletive Saturday talking about Wizards forward Paul Pierce when addressing fans before the Raptors playoff opener.
Nene had 12 points and 13 rebounds, and the Wizards beat the Raptors, 93-86, on Saturday in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series.
Beal and Wall remain the Wizards’ engine, the whole thing this season and the future hangs on. Each say they are in a good place when heading on the road to deal with the Raptors. All that’s left is to prove it.
Amid the matchups between the Washington Wizards and Toronto Raptors, there is one the Wizards have no clear counter for: Toronto guard Lou Williams.
The 6-foot-4 Malott, who helped Dayton reach the Sweet 16 for the first time in school history last month, averaged 15.5 points and 7.8 rebounds during her senior year.
The Wizards open the postseason Saturday at Air Canada Center against the Raptors, a team that sprinkles players along the perimeter and has beaten the Wizards three times this season in three games.
James sat out Cleveland’s regular-season finale to rest for the playoffs and the Cavaliers rallied to beat the Wizards, 113-110, in overtime on Wednesday night.
The fifth-seeded Wizards will play at the fourth-seeded Toronto Raptors beginning Saturday in an Eastern Conference quarterfinals best-of-seven series. The Wizards are 0-3 against the Raptors this season.
While some fans in Miami and other “we-just-missed” cities are bummed about sitting home for the playoffs, those with long-term views consider it a blessing.
The 6-foot-10, 245-pound Stone, from Milwaukee, made a commitment to Maryland last month, choosing the Terrapins over Wisconsin and UConn, among others.