Toronto Raptors take early Eastern Conference quarterfinal lead against the Washington Wizards

Jose Verdugo
Abril 17, 2018

You have to go back to 2001 when the Raptors where still somewhat of an National Basketball Association novelty to find their previous victory in Game 1 of a playoff series; that being a triumph over the Philadelphia 76'ers in the opening game of Round 2 that post season.

Toronto did prevail, a large sigh of relief was heard, and tonight the Raptors try to make it 2 in a row to launch their series with the Wizards and leave the curse of Game 1 far behind them.

"If you look at the front", Wall said Monday, "I was fat".

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Wall, who missed all four regular-season meetings between the teams, was 8-for-10 from the free throw line but said he was told he probably should have had even more foul shots. Just like the last two-minute report. "I just got to do a better job of finishing plays around the rim".

John Wall admits that he was "fat" as training camp came to end in September, but the Wizards' All-Star point guard has since shed about 15 pounds while rehabbing from left knee surgery.

"I wasn't looking for them at all", Wall said of looking to draw contact and fouls. The only time I say I really didn't get fouled was the one time in transition when Kyle jumped [to challenge], and I said that was great defensive play - that wasn't a foul there. Like, I watched the game yesterday, a ref [that] had reffed our game that reffed [another playoff game] yesterday was calling so much ticky-tack [fouls].

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