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Wall: "Nene is not complaining about getting the ball in the post or worrying about fouls. He’s playing through it and getting rebounds."
Drew Gooden explaining his on-court mentality: "Dennis Rodman and Steph Curry. Thats a deadly combination!!"
Overheard two Raptors talking postgame. "This wasn't our fault tonight...Pierce...nothing we could do about it."
Pierce: "I'm always ready."
Raps went 3-0 in regular season. Wizards up 3-0 now. DeRozan with one word why: "Playoffs."
Pierce on playing the 4: “We were saving it for the playoffs.”
Wittman on Pierce: “That’s why we brought him here.”
Wittman's getting a lifetime contract tonight and I don't even care, just make sure Wall and Otto and Pierce get one too
Pierce just said that's why I'm here after that HUGE three
And that's why you sign Paul Pierce.
Why Doris Burke is the best: She’s constantly noting Marcin Gortat’s effort. His rim protection has been instrumental all series.
Pro tip: I'd buy into the Otto experience. Now.
Truth with a 3. Unreal. Wizards pulling away up 98-90 with 1:58 left.
Scorboard showing one of those motivational montages and the fans are BUYING IN LOUDLY.
Don’t slow down now
I'm going to ask JT3 if he spoke with Otto before this series started.
Hated that possession
Otto shot and took that 3-pointer like he's been doing it for years, then he contested DeRozan's shot and forced a miss.
This is a great game
That matches a season-high 24 points for Gortat.
Counting that basket.
Win or lose, I’ve gained respect for DeRozan. Going down with every bullet fired.
It looks like Wall is going to be Tony Stark this second half
Pierce enters game at the 4. 10 seconds later, he hits a 3. 84-80, Wizards.
DeRozan is awake again and so is Pierce who STILL should be getting the ball more given the way he's shooting in his limited looks.
Alright, let’s get Pierce in for Drew and spread them out.
Dreeeeeeew Gooden with a driving scoop layup like hes Dr. J or something.
DeRozan hit with the tech after he pushed Porter, who blocked his shot then said something.
DeRozan with tech
The Rangers have defeated the Penguins in overtime to win the series. They'll await the Capitals/Islanders winner.
Otto talking junk after blocking DeRozan. Wow.
Tweet I may regret later: I think they got this
No free chicken. At least Wizards are winning.
The ball has to get out of Wall's hands much quicker. The Wizards are starting to get predictable on offense again.
Wizards bench with 14 points. The real note here is that Raps reserve with 11. Toronto has lots more firepower off the bench.
End of 3Q: Wizards 72 Raptors 70. Gortat (20 and 10 reb) an Wall (12 and 11 ast) both with double-doubles. DeRozan with 26
Feel like the Wizards have missed shots they often make. Not terribly concerned. Maybe I should be
Wizards’ offense turning back into a pumpkin
You know how everyone wants Beal to shoot more 3's? Of his 11 attempts, nine from beyond the arc.
Raptors take the lead, 68-67.
DeRozan makes a shot, in comes the DeRozan stopper.
That's DeRozan's first basket since 1:56 left in the 1Q. Had missed 10 straight.
Yes, Plus-minus often a bogus stat, but at +13, Otto Porter more than double any player in the game.
DeRozan/Lowry shooting a combined 10 for 32. They're now 30 for 90 this series.
You think James Harden saw Stephen Curry last night?
Pierce may have had that last 3-point shot waved off, but it still went in, which means he's feeling it, which means he needs to ball more.
Haven't seen Drake in his seat for a bit. Thought you should know.
Lowry has missed eight straight shots. That's two better than DeRozan. 0 for 10 after 8 for 10 start.
Lowry is struggling so badly, he could not even exploit Nene defending him out on the perimeter
Nene just denied Lowry the ball successfully like 10 feet beyond the 3-pt line.
Awesome little wrinkle there. Usually Beal screens for Nene, but this time he cleared out and Nene slipped behind the front
The Wizards are the team getting layups and threes The Raptors are shooting all mid-range jumpers Life is weird
And just like that Gortat picks up his 3rd foul. Nene and Pierce also have 3.
Pierce opened the half with a contested three, which means he just might have the hot hand. Wall needs to get him the ball
Does Wall get an assist for that?!?!?
This may sound drastic, but if the Wizards go small again, Raptors may want to think about going super-small and putting DeRozan at the 4
Wall/Gortat PnR killing the Raptors. Gooden or Pierce at the 4 opens that up. Wizards up 54-48 at half.
Halftime: Wizards 54 Raptors 48. Gortat 17 on 8-10 FG. Wall 8 and 9. Wiz 18 assists on 20 FG. DeRozan 22, but 0-4 FG in 2Q.
I’d prefer “John Wall is dropping dimes like someone with too much change in his pocket,” but that analogy works too
Otto Porter has shaken off the nut shot, and is now playing ballsy defense on DeRozan
Man, that was some great defense by Otto. Ball denial, shot contest. He’s been special on that end
Otto Porter really is the DeMar DeRozan Stopper tho.
If the Gladiators had played basketball it would have looked like Gortat against Valanciunas.
Jonas Valanciunas has had better sequences.
No foul trouble so Witt going with tight 8-man rotation. No Seraphin sighting.
Tied 48-48 with 1:54 left in 2Q. Things to note: Inc. Games 1 and 2, Raptors 1-19 all-time when trailing at halftime.
Thats DeRozan's first points this quarter after scoring 20 in the 1st.
Actually, it's been a 9-2 run since Wall checked in.
Very nice of ESPN to cut out Dwane Casey’s sad faces after his team didn’t actually get any stops
It looks like Wall thought about the hero 3-pointer, then opted to hit Gortat with a pass, which led to one of two FTs made.
Kyle Lowry struggling with his shot again. Started 2 of 3 (both makes from 3). Missed last five
The USA chants have begun here at the Verizon Center. I guess those people will not be attending the All-Star game next year in Toronto.