The first game of any playoff series is important. The tone is set, home-court advantage can be solidified or swiped and major statements can be made.
But second games are at least as pivotal, if not more. Lose two straight and suddenly, the odds of prevailing in a series shrink monumentally. Win to even things up and all of the bad feelings from the opening loss disappear and the series once again becomes wide open.
The Raptors have played six prior playoff Game 2s. Here’s how those ones went and what happened from there:
April 26, 2000 vs. NEW YORK KNICKS: Loss, 84-83
The Raptors came up short of the first playoff win in franchise history in heartbreaking fashion. A strong start served notice that the young Raptors wouldn’t go away quietly, but the team wasted a 12-point lead after three, allowing Larry Johnson and Latrell Sprewell to score at will. Sprewell scored with 7.9 seconds remaining.