May 4, 2016, 12:04 am
While it wasn’t a happy ending for the home team, Kyle Lowry‘s buzzer-beater to tie the game at the end of regulation was must-see TV on Tuesday night:
This was easily the best shot of the 2016 NBA Playoffs and it’s a shame it won’t receive higher praise from a historical context since the Raptors ended up losing in overtime. Well, the reason is simple. Dwyane Wade is still really good. More on that below. Meanwhile, the Warriors came back from an 11-point deficit in the fourth quarter to not only comeback and win, but cover the spread as well. This wasn’t just another Warriors win. It’s all below in Wednesday’s Daily Dish:
HEAT 102, RAPTORS 96 OT
Even Lowry’s buzzer-beater wasn’t enough for the Raptors to open up the series with a win, as the Raptors fell to 1-9 all-time in Game 1s (0-5 at home) in the NBA Playoffs. Dwyane Wade took over and proved to the world that he’s still got it, scoring seven points in overtime. Wade shot 10-for-21 from the field and 3-for-3 from the line for 24 points with six boards, four assists, three steals, two blocks and one three ball. For all the adversity the Heat have faced this season, getting to the second round is an impressive feat and Wade is the main culprit.
Goran Dragic picked up where he left off in Game 7 against the Hornets (25 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists) with another breakout performance. Dragic played 41 minutes on Tuesday, scoring 26 points on 10-of-20 shooting from the floor with three treys, six rebounds and two assists. He is really cooking at the perfect time for the Heat. Dragic is in line for a big series.
This could also be a big series for Joe Johnson, who played 42 minutes in Game 1. Johnson shot 7-for-19 from the field for 16 points with seven boards, two assists and two steals. He could be a sneaky DFS play for the rest of the series. Luol Deng played 39 minutes, scoring 10 points (4-for-9 FGs, 2-for-2 3PTs) with four rebounds, three assists and four steals. He will prove better for the Heat on the court than he will in fantasy lineups.
Fantasy owners held their breath when Hassan Whiteside left the game with just under five minutes left in the first quarter with a strained right knee. He limped to the locker room but came back with nine minutes left in the second quarter. Whiteside recovered nicely, shooting 3-for-7 from the floor and 3-for-6 from the line for nine points with 17 boards, two steals and one block. He will be just fine for Game 2.
While Kyle Lowry came off as a hero on the highlight reel, he continued his playoff slump with an otherwise awful night. Lowry was 3-for-13 from the field (1-for-7 from 3PT, the one shot being the buzzer beater to go to overtime) for seven points, four rebounds, six assists and three steals. Lowry didn’t score in the first half, which is a testament to how far he has sunk this postseason. He spent over an hour in the post game putting up shots intensely in the Air Canada Centre in disgust. He is a bold punt-play in DFS moving forward.
It was impressive to see Jonas Valanciunas fare so well against Whiteside. Val shot 10-for-16 from the field and 4-for-4 from the line for 24 points with 14 rebounds, three assists, two steals and three blocks in 41 minutes on Tuesday. He has had an excellent postseason but I’d be surprised if he continues this output for the rest of the series. DeMar DeRozan carried the rest of the load in scoring, shooting 9-for-22 from the field and 4-for-6 from the line for 22 points with six rebounds, four assists and one steal. Unlike Valanciunas, DeRozan should increase his efficiency as the series goes on. We are in for a real treat this series.
Terrence Ross played his best career playoff game with 19 points in 27 minutes, including a big three-pointer with 6.5 seconds remaining to cut the Heat lead 89-86 in regulation, which set the stage for Lowry’s shot to go to overtime. Cory Joseph added 10 points (5-for-9 FGs) in 23 minutes off the bench for the Raptors. Neither is recommended moving forward.
The Raptors will attempt to tie the series at home in Game 2 on Thursday.