By Frank McLean
They say in life the only two things that are certain are death and taxes. If you are a fan of the Toronto Raptors you can add that the basketball team you cheer for will lose the first game of a playoff series.
On Saturday the Orlando Magic came to Toronto and knocked off the Raptors in game one of their Eastern Conference first round series 104-101. The Raptors now sport an all time record of 2-14 in the opening game of a playoff series in franchise history.
Now if you are a Raptors fan you can ask a couple questions.
First, what the heck happened to Kyle Lowry?
Lowry had another playoff game where he couldn’t hit Lake Ontario if he was taking jump shots from Lakeshore Boulevard.
He had zero points in 34-minutes of playing time. Zero for seven from the field, six of those attempts came from behind the three point line. He was also zero for two from the foul line.
He did add seven rebounds and eight assists, but if he made just two field goals, two stinking field goals, they probably win the game.
Lowry won’t put up a shooting stinker like that again in this series.
Second, some average player on the opposing team looks like a superstar.
Guard, and former Raptor D.J. Augustin, who averaged 11.7 points in the regular season, had a monster game one with 25 points.
Augustin will come back down to earth.
If you were paying attention over the last two months, you would have seen that the Magic where going to be a pest to whomever they would play if they got into the playoffs, and if you’ve been watching the Raptors in the postseason since their inception, you’d know they’d find a way to screw up game one.
But losing game one in the opening round of the postseason has meant nothing since the Raptors first 50-win season three years ago.
Veteran journalist Frank McLean has been covering the Raptors in Toronto since their inaugural season at the Skydome back in 1995-96.