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RECENT RAPTORS NEWS - THE POST UP
Now that we have all fully relished in this summer and we’re waking up with that championship hangover, don’t forget why you got on the bandwagon in the first place. Yes, I understand that Kawhi Leonard left us along with Danny Green and even Phil Handy – but there’s so much more to this team than the Green Ranger and “what it do baybeeee”.
2018-2019 regular season
With just over a week into the 2018-2019 NBA season, the Toronto Raptors stand second in the Eastern Conference with a 6-1 record with their only loss coming last night from the Antetokounmpo-less Milwaukee Bucks, losing 109-124. Though it is extremely early to start planning the parade route in Toronto, it’s evident to see that this team is different. Given the monstrous off-season, things were expected to change so let’s quickly run through what’s different.
The conversation usually starts with the Celtics, or Sixers or sometimes the Lakers. Each of which have promising young players that were drafted in the lottery. However, lost in the shuffle of the best young cores in the NBA are the Toronto Raptors. Together, they form one of the most fearsome bench line-ups in the league as the Raptors rank first in net rating amongst all bench units. They developed chemistry together playing in the Las Vegas Summer League and won a G-League championship with the Raptors 905. That continuity has been a recipe for success at each level, and now the Raptors rely heavily on their youth to win ball games.
Who would’ve thought at the beginning of the season that the Toronto Raptors would be the first team in the league to clinch a play-off spot and earn that coveted “x” beside their team in the standings? With the nail-biting 121-119 OT win over the Detroit Pistons Wednesday night, the Raptors were able to secure a post-season berth just 64 games into the season.
Despite coming off a back-to-back and the slow start (being outscored in the first half 59-45), the Raptors were able to muscle through the gritty Pistons squad in the second half to force OT. There were so many moments in the game that made the victory that much better so how about we live through that glorious win once again, shall we?