Just when it looked like the series between the Toronto Raptors and the Washington Wizards was a wrap, the tables turned. Washington clawed themselves back to a tied series while protecting home court and Toronto fell back into their old post-basketball habits.
The mood around the NBA this year is that the Raptors are a changed team, especially in crunch time. By Game 3, the Raptors had all the momentum and their foot on the Wizards neck. They should’ve finished them off, but Washington weaseled themselves out of their sticky situation and rose to the occasion.
This series is the only playoff matchup with competing All-Star backcourts, and neither pair has disappointed the fans, at least not at home. DeMar DeRozan went off in Game 2 and scored 37 points. John Wall and Bradley Beal were both phenomenal for the last 2 games, each with 28 points during Friday’s 122-103 win, and combined for 58 on Sunday’s Game 4.
Toronto led the entire game on Sunday and was given a gift to close the game out. With five minutes remaining, and the game tied up, Bradley Beal was fouled out. However, down one superstar, another one stepped up, and that’s exactly what John Wall did.
This year for the Raptors was supposed to be different, but is eerily similar to so many previous seasons. As the series shifts back to Toronto for Game 5, all the pressure is mounting on the Raptors. Toronto needs to prove this truly is a different team and a different year.
Catch you Thursday.