Let the countdown begin...

Let the countdown begin...

In just 15 days the 2018-2019 NBA season will commence and in 16 days, the brand spanking new version of the Toronto Raptors will commence their season after one of the most active and exciting off seasons that this franchise has seen. In honor of that, The Post Up is doing a little countdown leading up to tip-off in order to get you excited (just in case you weren’t already there).

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The Raptors Now Have a Shot at the Finals

The Raptors Now Have a Shot at the Finals

The Toronto Raptors have put themselves in an interesting situation. Considering the recent history, with their polar performances during the regular and post season in mind, the team was looking to stay competitive this off-season. The blessing or the curse, depending on how you look at it, is that the Raptors will be judged solely on their post-season success. On the one hand, a long-struggling franchise has finally reached that glorious stature of relevancy in the NBA. More importantly, the Toronto Raptors has become a team that Toronto and all of Canada can be proud of, which should not be taken lightly. If it were easy to make five consecutive playoffs, then the Kings and Timberwolves would have done it already. On the other hand, the Raptors have fizzled out during the playoffs in the same fashion each of the five years. Regardless of the fact that they were the higher seed during the regular season, that momentum didn’t translate into the post-season. Credit to them for trying to adapt. At one point, they shifted towards a defense-heavy scheme. That didn’t work. Then they reset their culture. That didn’t work either. Many were calling Masai Ujiri stubborn for holding onto the core group of Dwane Casey, Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan when he could have easily let one of them go for underperforming in the playoffs – but he stuck with them. Finally it was two sweeps in back-to-back years to LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers that became the catalyst for true change. Embarrassing loss after embarrassing loss now led the Raptors to enter a new chapter in their franchise.

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Truly an End of an Era

Truly an End of an Era

When the Toronto Raptors were swept yet again by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the second round for the second year in a row, we knew something had to change. What that change would be was unclear but the Raptors organization along with its’ fan base knew change was coming. When end-of-season locker clean out happened, everyone still held the same titles with the organization and as Coach Casey put it “[he] still has a job as far as [he] was aware”. Then, Masai got to work.

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Mano a mano: Alfonzo McKinnie vs. K.J. McDaniels.

Mano a mano: Alfonzo McKinnie vs. K.J. McDaniels.

With less than a week until tip-off, the final spot in the Raptors lineup still isn’t filled. Alfonzo McKinnie and K.J. McDaniels have been going head-to-head in the quest for a solution. These two have already withstood cuts that caused guys like Andy Rautins, Kyle Wiltjer and Kenndy Meeks to be sent home, ending their pursuit for the NBA. But how much do we as Raptor fans even know about these two? What is about these guys that have the Raptors waiting until the last minute to make a decision?

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Who's mans is this - CJ Miles.

Who's mans is this - CJ Miles.

With the loss of veterans like Patrick Patterson, PJ Tucker, DeMarre Carroll and Cory Joseph, the Toronto Raptors lost a combined 27 years of experience. This caused the front office searching for guys to fill the gap that was left by some of their key veterans. In hopes to add a veteran presence, the Raptors signed CJ Miles from the Indiana Pacers to a 3-year, $25 million deal during the off-season.

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The End of an Era?

The End of an Era?

With the 109-102 loss in Game 4, the Cleveland Cavaliers finished off the sweep and eliminated the Toronto Raptors from the 2017 playoff run. In true Raptor fan fashion, the boys were sent off to the infamous “LET’S GO RAPTORS” that stopped LeBron mid-sentence last season in the Eastern Conference Finals. But something about this good-bye felt different, almost permanent. You know when you say good-bye to someone and you just have this feeling that you may not see them for a while, if ever again? That’s what it felt like.

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