The Raptors have regained the advantage. In a tense game, Toronto managed to outlast the Wizards and take a 3-2 lead in the series Wednesday. DeMar DeRozan was incredible and scored 32 points.The Wizards are now in survival mode. One more loss and their season is over.
John Wall has been outstanding, and Bradley Beal finally broke out of his funk. This Wizards team isn’t your typical No. 8 seed, so it will be interesting to see if they can turn into a real threat to upset the No. 1-seeded Raptors.
Regular-season series: Tied 2-2
Last season’s playoff results: Raptors were eliminated in the second round by the Cleveland Cavaliers; Wizards were eliminated in the second round by the Boston Celtics.
Injury report: No notable injuries.
Toronto Raptors projected starting lineup: G Kyle Lowry; G DeMar DeRozan; F Serge Ibaka; F OG Anunoby; C Jonas Valanciunas
Washington Wizards projected starting lineup: G John Wall; G Bradley Beal; F Otto Porter Jr.; F Markieff Morris; C Marcin Gortat
Toronto wins if
They just continue doing what they’ve done all season. The Raptors have been the best team in the East all season long. Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan have done their usual work and the bench has been spectacular. As long as they trust in what has gotten them here and don’t revert to bad habits when things get tough, they should be fine.