It's taken the Toronto Raptors 15 years to get this far in the playoffs, and they've already made their rare second-round appearance a memorable one. Kyle Lowry's shooting struggles continued to plague him in Game 1, save for a halfcourt heave that miraculously sent the game to overtime. But the good vibes didn't last, as they proceeded to go full playoff Raptors once again in the extra frame to drop the series opener at home to the Miami Heat.
There's no time to worry about that now, however. A victory north of the border is a must for this franchise if they want to even think about seeing the Eastern Conference Finals. Want some nightmare fuel? Entering the postseason, teams that dropped the first two contests of a best-of-seven series were 16-254 all-time in the remaining games.
"I've had a few struggles like this in my NBA career, but nothing this big," Lowry said after Game 1. "What makes it worse is that it's the playoffs." As I'm sure you've seen by now, the Philly native closed down the Air Canada Centre that night by getting shots up until 1 a.m.
The biggest off-court news this week has come from Chris Bosh's camp. Bosh, who's been sidelined since the All-Star break after a blood clot was discovered in his left leg, has announced he will not return to the team during its playoff run. The former Dino was reportedly frustrated with Miami's decision to keep him off the floor, but it sounds like the right decision was made due to the massive health risks of playing him again.
Sean Woodley takes some positives from the crazy opening loss here.
Michael Hoad is on deck with your preview for Game 2.
And now it's time to hit the comments.