Watching the Raptors address the media after their Game 1 victory over the Wizards, you’d never know that achieving this specific outcome in this specific setting had been such a continuous struggle.
The game itself merely followed the rhythms of any other basketball game — up and down play, lead changes, moments good and bad, etc. But that the Raptors didn’t nerve themselves out of what they do well, and instead just played to their potential for 48 minutes, Game 1 or not, was an inspiration. You can say that’s setting the bar low, but Toronto cleared it, and look primed to jump even higher next time.
But before we look to Game 2, let’s watch the Raptors talk about Game 1. It was a small h historic performance, and it feels good to celebrate it as such.
First, here’s the podium talk from coach Dwane Casey:
Then the two stars DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry get into it. (Note that Lowry sounds hoarse as hell in this one; who knew he played Game 1 sick?)
Next up is Serge Ibaka, the Raptors’ best performer in the game, calmly answering questions in three different languages:
And then we head to the locker room. Here’s back-to-back clips of C.J. Miles and Delon Wright, talking a good game.
Now, after another day off, it’s on to Game 2 on Tuesday night. Let’s get it.