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TORONTO — The Washington Wizards stayed with the Toronto Raptors for most of Game 1 of the first-round playoff series Bradley Chubb Color Rush Jersey , but in the end
could not match the depth of the Eastern Conference’s No. 1 seed.
The Raptors, with six players scoring in double figures Saturday, took the opener of the best-of-seven series 114-106, led by 23 points and 12
rebounds from Serge Ibaka.
The teams play Game 2 on Tuesday night at the Air Canada Centre.
“I think their bench was great, especially (Delon Wright) and C.J Miles,” said Wizards guard John Wall, who had 23 points and 15 assists. “They
played well, made some big shots for them, and that’s what they are going to do every game. We’ve got to make adjustments.”
Wright scored 18 points (11 in the fourth quarter) and Miles had 12 from a Raptors bench that did not have its leader, guard Fred VanVleet, who was
out with a shoulder injury and is questionable for Game 2.
It meant starting point guard Kyle Lowry also played some time with the second unit and had 11 points and nine assists in 38 minutes.
Toronto’s bench outscored Washington’s 42-21.
“You know with Freddie being out I had to play a little more minutes, making a jump,” Lowry said. “You know, coach, the last couple weeks of the
seasons I’ve played a few games where I got to 36, 37.
“You know playing that amount of minutes, and playing as hard as I was playing http://www.vikingsauthorizedshops.com/authentic-mike-remmers-jersey , it’s fine, but the way we built our team is for
everybody to go out there and play many minutes, to play a certain amount of minutes, and we look forward to everybody having an opportunity to
The Raptors shot 53.3 percent (16 of 30) from 3-point range, including 69.2 percent (9 of 13) in the second half. The 16 made 3-pointers were a
franchise playoff record. The Wizards shot 38.1 percent (8 of 21) from beyond the arc.
Miles led the Raptors with four 3-pointers off the bench.
“We were prepared, we knew they were going to try and take out Kyle (Lowry) and DeMar (DeRozan), they had 15 or 16 assists between them, so we were
prepared for that,” Raptors coach Dwane Casey said. “Other than that, we just tried to find energy, speed and quickness to match theirs.
“We know how fast (John) Wall is with the ball, how fast (Bradley) Beal is with the ball, and we will figure out some other things they were doing
to us. Guys played their role, it’s the same role they played all year and we still hold the power to change our minds. But as long as those guys
are producing, why should we change our rotation?”
The teams split four games in the regular season, but the Wizards played those games without an injured Wall. The series is a matchup of two All-Star
guard tandems in Toronto’s Lowry and DeRozan and Washington’s Wall and Beal. The Wizards must find a way to compensate for Toronto’s advantage
“They are the No. 1 seed for a reason. They have a lot of good players,” Wizards coach Scott Brooks said. “Guys off the bench came in and
stepped up. VanVleet did not play (Saturday) http://www.ravensauthorizedshops.com/authentic-mark-andrews-jersey , but Wright came in and had a terrific game. That’s why
they are hard to guard.
“We had the same amount of field goals, same number of free throws, turnovers were pretty close, points off of turnovers close, they just had eight
more 3s than us. They’ve been doing it all year, not 16 in a game, they averaged nearly 12, but we have to do a better job of guarding all their
players. Ibaka, he’s a terrific shooter, he’s one of the best, if not the best, big-man shooter in the league.”
The Wizards led 96-95 with 8:39 to play in the fourth quarter, then the Raptors scored 10 straight points.
“There were a lot of sloppy plays, transition 3s, offensive rebounds, kick-out 3,” said Beal Hector Rondon Houston Astros Jersey , who had 19
points and four assists in Game 1. “I think C.J. (Miles) and Wright — they hit some big shots down the stretch, a lot of 3s.
“DeMar even made some 3s in the fourth, those 3s, they were 16-for-30 from 3, so that hurts you when you’re competing, and on the road too. And
there were lot of guys who we didn’t expect to make those 3s. They made them. You know, we live with those.”
Toronto is now 2-12 in the opening game of a playoff series.
“Whatever it was that first game was about hopefully we got it off our back,” Casey said. “We’re not satisfied; we’re in this for the long
run. We know we’re in a tough series against a very athletic, fast team.”
Jalen Ramsey spent the past few months working out at his father’s training facility in Nashville.
It was a new routine that caused him to miss Jacksonville’s offseason conditioning program.
The All-Pro cornerback has no regrets, though, about the time away from coaches and teammates.
”How do I put this the nicest way possible?” Ramsey said Tuesday after the first of a mandatory, three-day minicamp.
”I don’t think any of my teammates had an issue because they know I was going to come back ready. But at the same time, if they did, I don’t
think I would care `cause once I get out here I know what I was doing was the right thing for me.”
Ramsey worked out in Jacksonville before his first two NFL seasons and fell behind both times because of injuries.
”It was an offseason of getting back to the basics for me, kind of doing what got me to the position I’m in right now,” he said. ”It was also
an offseason for me that I kind of labeled as `no-setback season,’ just `cause in the previous two years I haven’t even made it this far.”
He had surgery in May 2016 for a torn meniscus in his right knee. He had surgery last June for a sports hernia.
Ramsey still managed to become the best player on a stout defense.
The fifth overall pick in the 2016 draft emerged as one of the top defensive backs in the league last year Cecil Cooper Milwaukee Brewers Jersey , locking
down No. 1 receivers on a weekly basis. He was voted to the Pro Bowl in his second season and made the more exclusive All-Pro team.
”I thought I was good in the past two years, and stay tuned,” he said.
Ramsey already has matchups circled months before the season, beginning with Odell Beckham Jr. of the New York Giants in the opener and continuing a
few weeks later against Kansas City’s Tyreke Hill. The list also includes familiar faces such as former teammate Allen Hurns, Houston’s DeAndre
Hopkins, Philadelphia’s Alshon Jeffery, Indianapolis’ T.Y. Hilton and Pittsburgh’s Antonio Brown.
”It’s what I love, but I can’t just love it,” Ramsey said. ”I’ve got to prepare for it, too, so that’s what I’ve been doing this whole
offseason. That’s what I’ll continue to do.”
The Jaguars welcomed Ramsey back for minicamp, but coach Doug Marrone planned to work him in slowly.
”Jalen has worked extremely hard with training with his dad. He’s anxious to go out there and say, `I’m ready to go. Let’s go,”’ Marrone
said. ”I’m more like, `OK, listen, we’re going to get you in there for a couple and take you out. We just want to see where you are.
”The worst thing you can do as a coach is put someone out there that maybe is not ready. Not to say that Jalen is not ready Logan Paulsen Color Rush Jersey , but we want to
make sure that we are doing the right thing for all of the players.”
Ramsey had 107 tackles, 31 pass breakups and six interceptions in his first two seasons. He’s earned the respect of opponents as well as teammates,
which made his decision to skip Jacksonville’s offseason program an easier one.
”I know what I was doing is going to get me prepared as best as anything for the season,” he said. ”Once I put that out on the field, there
won’t be any issues. I have a good relationship with all my teammates anyways, so if they did they would hit me up. I did it respectful. … I hit
up people. I was like, `Hey, yo, look, this is my plan for the offseason.’
”And it’s not that I felt like I owed anybody an explanation. It’s just that’s how we vibe. That’s the locker room. … I was like, `Yo, I
know y’all fixin’ to start it up. I’m not coming. I’m doing my thing. No worries.’ They said it right back: `You good, bro.”’