The Washington Wizards lost to the Toronto Raptors 130 to 111. The Washington Wizards cutting the lead to just five in the fourth quarter. However, the Toronto Raptors came roaring back for the win and putting another nail in the Wizards coffin. Let’s break it down.
The Raptors are so hot, like so freaking hot: Someone once said, its not the best team that wins the championship but rather the hottest team. So, what happens when the best team is hot? The Raptors had a team playoff record 44 points in the first quarter and had a 76-58 lead going into the half.
John Wall is still a beast: One of the only reasons why the Wizards got close was through the effort of John Wall. He scored 14 in the third quarter which got the Wizards within 10 points of the Raptors. On the night he had 29PTS, 4REB, and 9AST. While he was aggressive and had a nice block, to my eyes he still does not look completely in playoff mode.
These John Wall blocks were nasty. pic.twitter.com/PqjnSDQeqN
— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) April 18, 2018
Bradley Beal and Marcin Gortat disappoint: As great as Beal has been carrying this team at certain points, he really laid an egg tonight. He had nine points in 24 minutes and looked lost defensively. Gortat was also a disappointment and even got benched. He only played 12 minutes and had 0 points. We will see if this continues into next game and who will get his minutes. Tonight, Coach Brooks decided to go with a small line up with Mike Scott at the center position.
Ty Lawson and Mike Scott: In Ty Lawson’s debut he went 4-5 from the arc to end with 14PTS and 8AST. It was nice to see a point guard come off the bench who could shoot threes, which was something the Wizards could have used for a while now. Not that it really makes a difference because you can probably count on one hand how many games Lawson will play with the Wizards. Mike Scott however continues to impress this series. In 27 minutes he had 20 points and played some good defense.
What’s next: The Washington Wizards return home to play the Toronto Raptors in game 3 of the series on Friday. Tipoff is at 8:00PM.