Wizards look to take three to two lead against Raptors

4/25  Washington at Toronto  Game 5  (Series tied 2-2)

TV:  7pm NBC Sports Washington

Last game:  106-98 win vs. Toronto

Toronto high scorers

  • DeMar DeRozan-35 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists
  • Kyle Lowry-19 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists
  • Jonas Valanciunas-11 points, 3 rebounds

Washington high scorers

  • Bradley Beal-31 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists
  • John Wall-27 points, 14 assists, 6 rebounds
  • Marcin Gortat-12 points, 6 rebounds

Projected Wizards starters: Morris PF, Porter Jr. SF, Gortat C, Wall PG, Beal SG

Projected Raptors starters: Ibaka PF, Anunoby SF, Valanciunas C, Lowry PG, DeRozan SG

Preview-Toronto blew a 14 point second half lead, and were outscored 66-47, as the series heads back to Canada for game five. Most of the stats in game four were similar, but once again turnovers were a problem for the Raptors, as 18 turnovers led to 19 Wizards points. If Toronto wants to get by Washington, then DeRozan will put the team on his back from this point forward. Through four games, the guard is averaging 28 points, 5 assists and 4 rebounds per game. One Raptor that needs to get the basketball more often is forward Serge Ibaka, who is averaging 11 points a game, but after scoring 23 points in the opener, Ibaka in games three and four scored a combined 10 points. As for Washington, Beal and Wall are having a great first round, as expected, averaging a combined 49 points, 16 assists and 8 rebounds per game. Expect both Mike Scott and Kelly Oubre Jr., to make an impact tonight. Scott, who almost started game three after a poor performance by Gortat, is averaging nearly 13 points off the bench, while Oubre scored 10 points off the bench, drew several offensive fouls, pulled down five rebounds, had two steals and dished out two assists. Game six will be Friday night in Washington.

 

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