This is the end of the Raptors as we know them. The two seasons of accidental playoff contention were probably unsustainable regardless, but after Sunday’s 125-94 blowout win by the Wizards, which sent the Raptors home early, it’s clear that big changes are coming.
The Raptors were thoroughly outclassed in every facet of the game. On a day when they were fighting for their playoff lives, the Raptors came out lifeless, falling behind right away and never digging themselves out of the hole.
The Wizards more than doubled the Raptors’ success from the three-point line, shooting 57.7 percent from long range to Toronto’s 28 percent. Kyle Lowry picked up three fouls in the first quarter, taking him mostly out of the final game of a series where he’s been ineffective.
John Wall was spectacular again, just as he’s been this entire series. But Otto Porter has been a revelation for the Wizards in the first round. He had 7 points and 7 rebounds off the bench in Game 4, and has had bigger-than-expected impact defensively.
The Wizards will go on to face (probably) the Hawks in the second round. The Raptors? Who knows? Seven of their players are free agents, and it’s tough to imagine most of them coming back. Dwane Casey will most likely be out of a job. Masai Ujiri wanted to tear this team down last year, until an out-of-nowhere playoff run postponed the rebuild. Now, it’s inevitable.