These are uncharted waters for the Raptors. Holding a 1-0 lead in a series for the first time since before some of the people reading this were even born, the Raptors have a chance to take a 2-0 lead for the first time ever in Game 2 against the Wizards tonight.
Reinforcements are coming. After sitting out Saturday’s opener with a shoulder injury sustained last Wednesday in Miami, Fred VanVleet will draw back into the lineup and, presumably, take the reins of the second unit over once again.
“VanVleet’s a really, really good player,” said Wiz coach Scott Brooks, “so we’re gonna have to make sure we know where he is and be able to counter that with some speed and hopefully we can match up with him.”
Normally a destructive machine, the all-bench unit was just a so-so plus-1 to start the second quarter in Game 1. Fred’s return should help return a sense of normalcy to that segment of the game. Fred’s presence, assuming he’s in full Wave God for, means Scott Brooks probably won’t be able to survive four minutes with all three of his best player on the bench the way he did in Game 1.
Other than the Fred news, no injury notes to report.
It is, however, Dwane Casey’s birthday. Let’s watch and see if his squad can treat him to an important gift.
Where to Watch
Canada: TSN (all of them, I think); US: NBA TV — 7pm ET
Washington — John Wall, Bradley Beal, Otto Porter Jr., Markieff Morris, Marcin Gortat
Toronto — Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, OG Anunoby, Serge Ibaka, Jonas Valanciunas
Washington — Jodie Meeks (suspended - failed attempt to become not shitty at baskeball), Ramon Sessions (Uhm, I don’t know what he has, I’m just copying from the last game thread)
Toronto - None (!!!)
Raptors/Wizards Game 2 pre game Facebook like with Sean Woodley & Dan Reynolds. Ask us Qs in the comments!Posted by Raptors HQ on Tuesday, April 17, 2018