What the Wizards' point guard doesn't know is when his All-Star explosiveness will return after missing two months because of knee surgery. "We've done it. It's something to be done and we just didn't do a good job in the second half tonight".
Lawson's play was one of the only positive takeaways from a disappointing Game 2 for the Wizards, where they lead for a total of 20 seconds during the game. "It's going to be probably even tougher than Game 1, to get over that Game 1 jinx we had there for a little bit".
"John Wall is barking at Gortat, and rightfully so", said Steve Smith on NBA TV, providing game analysis. Beal's fouls were especially maddening, since three of his first four fouls were committed while a Raptors player was shooting a 3-point shot. They were making a run. "I was surprised I got it, but I was happy", Wright said. I got shots. I got shots for my teammates. The Wizards hung out around and made a late push but DeMar DeRozan (37 points) and some big plays from the bench kept the home team in control. He wasn't happy that his Raptors let a big lead momentarily slip away in the second half, that they'd watched Wall glide past them, and that his NBA-leading bench hadn't played up to standards.
Players and fans alike have done that frequently this season, harping on the season a year ago in which the Wizards played so well and gave this season such high expectations. Not a lot of guys could have done what he has been able to do.
Kyle Lowry needed 13 points and a livelihood playoff-high 1-2 assists for Toronto, which had ended an N.B.A. -worst 10-game dropping streak in Game 1s having a 114-106 triumph on Saturday.
Feeling relaxed in front of their home crowd, the Raptors scored an insane 76 points in the first half, setting a franchise record. OG Anunoby helped hold Wall to 1-for-6 shooting early and Beal to 1-for-3 shooting in the first three quarters.
Wall and Beal each picked up two early fouls which sent them to the bench early.
Milwaukee got as close as 107-97 with 4:13 to play.
One noted analyst who has been on the Raptors' bandwagon is Charles Barkley, who made sure to call out the fact that TNT is not broadcasting their game. After Game 2, when Brooks was asked if Scott as the backup center could be a sustainable option for the rest of the series, he agreed then strongly hinted at a change. Again, it seemed like Lillard and McCollum struggled on the open shots they did get. "I had a few, John had a few, everybody", Beal said. "I go based off that", DeRozan said, attempting to explain his game. We need him. We're going to have trouble beating this team if he doesn't play better. "First game is over".
The Celtics led by as many as 20 in the fourth quarter. I used to be that fast. Every game it's someone else who makes the clutch shot or provides a spark for the team.
"It takes time to come", Wall said.