As the headline said, things to know before Wizards-Raptors tip for Game 3.
- Quick look back at the two games in Toronto before focusing on Game 3. The Wizards claimed two victories over the Raptors after losing the regular season series 3-0. They also won two road games against a team with a winning record - or one more than they had in three months.
Here is a list of Washington's road games against teams with .500 or better records since January 24:
Jan 24 at Blazers 103-96 L
Jan. 28 at Suns 106-98 L
Feb 4 at Hawks 105-96 L
Feb 11 at Raptors 95-93 L
March 3 at Bulls 97-92 L
March 20 at Clippers 113-99 L
March 23 at Warriors 107-76 L
*April 4 at Grizzlies 92-83 W
April 15 at Cavaliers 113-108 L (OT)
These two victories improved Washington's road playoff record over the last two seasons to 7-1. On the flip side, the Wizards went 1-4 at home last season.
- The Wizards led by four and 11 points at halftime respectively in Game 1 and 2. Not that DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry were around when Toronto played its first playoff game in 2000, but the Raptors franchise is 13-7 when leading at the half in the postseason and 1-19 when trailing.
- Several variables have led to the Wizards's 2-0 lead including offensive rebounding, the stretch-4 lineup with Paul Pierce and Otto Porter and the play of Toronto's backcourt. At least in this series, there has been little debate about which team has the best backcourt. Forget John Wall and Bradley Beal. DeRozan and Lowry don't compare to the regular season versions of themselves (regular season numbers followed by playoff stats):
Points: 37.3, 24.0
Field goal %: 41.1, 34.5
3-point FG%: 35.0, 0.0 (0 for 8)
Assists: 9.7, 10.5
- Mentioned this stat before worth repeating since it took place in each of the first two games: The Wizards are 14-1 this season when at any point in the game using Drew Gooden with starters Wall, Beal, Pierce and Marcin Gortat together. The lone loss was the double-overtime setback against the Pacers in Game 81 of the regular season.
- And last but not least (though maybe)...The Raptors are 13-18 since Feb. 13. Why that date? That's when Drake released "If You're Reading This It's Too Late."