Wizards win series, 4-0
Pure domination or a cowardly showing by an overrated team? However you want to spin it, the Washington Wizards absolutely crushed the hapless Toronto Raptors in a 4-game sweep NO ONE saw coming. In our first round preview, we actually thought the series would go to 7 games, with the Raptors drawing on their difficult first round loss to Brooklyn as inspiration. Yeah, about that…
John Wall completely dominated Kyle Lowry, who looked like a complete shell of the player who started in the All-Star game just a few short months ago. In Game 2, Wall was spectacular, tallying 26 points and 17 dimes to pace to Wiz to a nice 2-0 series lead. After that, Bradley Beal & Otto Porter (Star UnderDOG) joined the party and made timely plays in Games 3 & 4.
Toronto is reeling after that pathetic performance. Paul Pierce aka Public Enemy #1 up North backed up his boastful claims that the Raptors were not tough and buried them with clutch jumper after clutch jumper.
Pierce & Porter teamed up to put the nail in Toronto’s coffin down the stretch of Game 3. They took a commanding 3-0 lead after the pair poured in a plethora of triples with just a few minutes left.
The Wizards are riding high after destroying the Raps. With Porter, Marcin Gortat (over 20 & 10 in both Game 3 & 4), Beal, Pierce and Wall all playing at high levels, it may be time to rethink the notion that the Atlanta Hawks will coast to the Conference Finals.
This is likely the last hurrah for Toronto’s group as currently constructed. Lowry, DeRozan and, possibly Jonas Valanciunas, are still the building blocks but you have to figure GM Masai Ujiri will dangle the rest of the roster in the offseason. Washington exposed so many fundamental flaws (lack of toughness on the interior, inconsistent wings, terrible attention to detail) for the Raptors in this series, so changes are definitely on the horizon.
Coach Dwane Casey will likely be the first domino to fall.