Yo! We did it, in the only way these Toronto Raptors know how, avoiding a probably insurmountable 3-1 deficit against the upstart Bucks in the first round, and likely the end of this team as we knew it. Seriously, can we ever have a stress-free first round with this group? Regardless of what happens for the rest of this series, the definitive answer is no. Here are five other quick thoughts on Saturday’s win
we're about to find out if a team can look shook for 48 mins & still win a playoff game on the road— alex (@steven_lebron) April 22, 2017
I’ll never forget how disappointed dad Dwane Casey looked on the bench when the Raptors trailed by 30 in the first half of Game 3. Game 4 wasn’t much different, even though the game was tied at the half, it felt like the Raptors were just ready to break, but thankfully the Bucks did not have any type of offensive rhythm to them on Saturday. Hopefully, all the positives that came out of the second half of Game 4 will translate, although let’s be real, are we counting on carryover effects from one game to another from this team?
I love how this Raptor team not only embodies my city but my self-confidence.— Jon N (@jonsavant) April 22, 2017
Listen, this is an all-time tweet to me because the Raptors are Toronto. We’re pretty good, we’re proud of ourselves, we do a lot of things right, but we’re also a little mediocre on the fringes. Also applies to my self confidence. Shouts to you, Jon.
no matter what happens just remember the raptors got swept by randy wittman drawing plays on an upside down clipboard this is not worse— alex (@steven_lebron) April 22, 2017
I wholeheartedly believe this no matter what happens in this Bucks series. Losing to Giannis — who is already one of the best superstars in the league with plenty of room for growth — will not be too shameful, even if this Toronto team did push ahead for a deep playoff run with their trade deadline acquisitions. But seriously, when did Tony Snell become ‘15 Steph Curry?
shouts to dwane's 'pull five names out of a hat' lineup strategy today also we might win anyways— alex (@steven_lebron) April 22, 2017
I love Dwane but his lineup adjustments in the playoffs do raise a lot of questions. Starting Norm was a good move, but felt like a half-measure when you could have swapped in either Patrick Patterson or P.J. Tucker for DeMarre Carroll. Also, a lot of five-man lineup combinations in this game were confounding, but hey, we won, so it’s all good—for now. The thing to worry about is this: Casey rarely will make dramatic adjustments after a victory, which means Game 5 is ripe for Kidd to come back, study the film, make his own moves, and then force Casey to adjust after another potential loss. Not the best recipe for success in the postseason.
the first round raptors are the nba version of me needing a 93 on my gr 12 calculus final exam to pass with a 51— alex (@steven_lebron) April 19, 2017
I have to admit this tweet is really performative (like all of you are on social media) because I did not need to pull one out in Gr. 12 Calculus — listen, I’m good at math. Shit is real. But, these are the first round Raptors, man. The kings of doing the bare minimum and inspiring zero confidence even in a season-saving win. Onto Monday, I seriously have no idea what to expect. Everything is on the table. Can the playoffs start to feel fun for once with this team?