The Raptors were once again one of the Eastern Conference’s best teams this season, earning the No. 2 seed in the playoffs, but the start to their postseason is all too familiar for Raptors fans. The Orlando Magic came into Toronto and stole Game 1 104-101 thanks to some clutch shooting from D.J. Augustin.
Perhaps more notably is that Kyle Lowry was held to zero points in Game 1, continuing his track record of poor Game 1 performances while contributing to Toronto’s 14th Game 1 loss in 16 attempts. Toronto has plenty of talent to overcome this loss, and defeat the Magic in this series, but if they continue to play like they did on Saturday in Game 1, the Raptors can expect another early-round exit from the playoffs.
“They get these high seeds and records, and I’ve gone on record when I was in Washington and Brooklyn saying, ‘They don’t have it,'” Pierce said. “There’s regular season players and there’s playoff players. Some have both. Some have only one. (Kyle Lowry) is showing that he’s a regular season player.”