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Portland’s disastrous series rings bells of 2015 Raptors

When the clock hit zero on Saturday in New Orleans, it became clear that Portland’s fun season, which included a 12-game win streak, first-team all-NBA buzz for Damian Lillard, and promising playoff hopes were all for naught. In fact, it was clear a lot earlier than that. The Blazers, the 3rd seed in the West, … Read morePortland’s disastrous series rings bells of 2015 Raptors

WATCH: 6ix Keys To Winning In 4

You couldn’t script a better start to this series, if you’re a Raptors fan. The stage was set for games 1 and 2. After being swept by the Wizards a few years back, the Wizards confidently rolled into Toronto expecting to have their way. Unfortunately for them the Toronto Raptors, like the weather during their stay in Toronto, was a lot colder than they remembered.

How fitting it was for the Raptors to go up 2-0 (during one of the bigger freezing rain storms in recent memory) against a team that had swept them 3 years prior. The Wizards have been very vocal in their hoping to draw the Raptors, and thus far Washington been made to eat their words.

With that being said, here are 6 Keys to success if the Raptors plan on returning the favour and sweeping the Wizards.

DeMar’s big night

DeMar DeRozan broke the Wizards tonight. The Wizards are not on the same page right now 👀 John Wall and Gortat arguing on the bench while Bradley Beal covers his face pic.twitter.com/PrTBywLbY3 — NBA Inside Stuff (@NBAInside_Stuff) April 18, 2018 Despite heroics from CJ Miles and Delon Wright on Saturday, it’s never a given that … Read moreDeMar’s big night

Raptors-Wizards Post-Game 1 Series Predictions

Now that we’ve seen a glimmer of what the series is going to look like, here’s some predictions for the rest of the series from a few of our staff. Christian Jope: Toronto showed up in Game 1 against Washington. That’s for sure. With contributors across the line the strength of the Raps was fully … Read moreRaptors-Wizards Post-Game 1 Series Predictions

What is the Raptors’ ideal crunch-time unit against the Wizards?

So, uh, the Raptors closed Game 1 with a lineup featuring Bebe at centre. Yes, Bebe. The big smiley Brazilian played the final nine minutes of the game, which began with a 10-0 Raptors run. Toronto won the game by eight. Alongside Bebe, the Raptors trotted out DeMar DeRozan, Kyle Lowry, Serge Ibaka and Delon … Read moreWhat is the Raptors’ ideal crunch-time unit against the Wizards?

Culture Shift: A new winning philosophy in Toronto

Over the last 5 years, everyone has heard the talk of how ‘this year is different from last’ or how “this will be the year the Raptors finally get over the hump”. The team shines throughout the regular season and then comes up short during the playoffs, especially last year when LeBron James seemingly flicked … Read moreCulture Shift: A new winning philosophy in Toronto

A different Game 1 from a different Raptor team

At about 6:30 PM yesterday, one could almost feel a collective sigh around Toronto. Part of it was the fact that the city was covered in ice tundra in the middle of April, but more of it was because the Raptors were playing right into the hands of every doubter that Sportsnet likes to run … Read moreA different Game 1 from a different Raptor team

Why Game 1 against Washington is a must-win

The playoffs are finally here and we have ourselves a first round date with the Washington Wizards. It didn’t seem likely that the Wizards would fall to the eight seed but losing nine of their last twelve games certainly helped. The regular season series between these two teams were split at two games a piece, … Read moreWhy Game 1 against Washington is a must-win

Game 1 will set the tone for Raptors-Wizards series

“Our Game 1 is our Game 7 tomorrow.” One day before the Raptors begin their first-round series with the Wizards, Kyle Lowry left it all on the table. Toronto has lost its last 10 Game 1s as a franchise. The last seven have featured Lowry and DeMar DeRozan. If the pressure to finally take a … Read moreGame 1 will set the tone for Raptors-Wizards series