The Rise from Extinction!

Kyle Lowry and the Raptors look to avoid a first round exit. Photo Courtesy: Dominic Ceraldi
Kyle Lowry and the Raptors look to avoid a first round exit. Photo Courtesy: Dominic Ceraldi

By Joslyn Mitchell

With their regular season record being 46-36, the Washington Wizards managed to snag the #5 spot in the NBA Playoffs. John Wall averaging 17 points, 1.7 steals, and 10 assist just might be their door to the NBA playoffs, but first you cannot leave out the rest. Toronto Raptors are bursting out of their eggs and hitting the ground running. The reptile soldiers ended their season with a 49-33 record helping them to seal the #4 seed in the NBA East. As the Raptors continues to use their secret weapons, DeMar DeRozan averaging 20 points per game, Jonas Valanciunas averaging 8.7 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game, and Kyle Lowry averaging 6.8 assist per game and 1.6 steals per game; they will be looking at a great rise from being extinct and just maybe taking the trophy back to the nest. As we all know, the Washington Wizards and Toronto Raptors have had their rounds all season and the Raptors have been dominating every game.

The question is, who has the better chance at going to the next level? The Reptile gang is quietly making it to the top without disturbing anybody. Although, people have their own opinion of who, the money is on the Raptors, who have the better record and stats than that of the Wizards. Each player averages at least 20% of their shooting range.

So what do the Wizards need to do to beat the Raptors for Saturday’s game and the series? Simply put, the Wizards have to work on the offensive plays. Washington basically use the “Pick and Roll” method, which they are superb at, but if they want to win, Washington has to switch it up a bit otherwise the Raptors will catch on. This first game is an important game because not only does it the kick off to the playoffs, but it will be another chance for the Wizards to prove themselves and get revenge and claim their spot for the trophy. Will the Washington Wizards put their best foot forward and abolish the Raptors or will Toronto win and make this the Rise from Extinction.

Upcoming Schedule
Game 1: Saturday, Washington at Toronto, 11:30 p.m. CT (ESPN)
Game 2: Tuesday, Washington at Toronto, 7 p.m. CT
Game 3: Fri. April 24, Toronto at Washington, 7 p.m. CT (ESPN2)
Game 4: Sun. April 26, Toronto at Washington, 6 p.m. CT
*Game 5: Wed. April 29, Washington at Toronto, TBD
*Game 6: Fri. May 1, Toronto at Washington, TBD
*Game 7: Sun. May 3, Washington at Toronto, TBD