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Old 02-13-2018, 07:18 AM
 
Location: Washington, DC
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I think I can speak for most Toronto fans and say I'm glad that's the case. ESPN's and the NBA's worship at the Cavs' shrine serves the purpose of all the teams looking to knock them off. It fuels the competitive fires.

There are distinct advantages to being overlooked by the tall NBA foreheads. And it's certainly true that Toronto's post-season record to date is far from stellar, so some of the condescension is well-earned.

But I've watched this team for 23 years and closely for the past 6-7, and they are very, very good - easily the best Raptor team ever.

And they're young, with more room for growth.

But by all means, do keep on dismissing their chances to come out of the East. It helps the cause.
Yeah, I've noticed this year's Raptors team is different and tough to play against. They are like an NCAA final four team jacked up to pressure and play as hard as possible.

DeRozan gets about 35 minutes a game, Lowry 32, Obaka 28... then 7 other guys get 15 minutes plus. They throw waves of energy at you and half of these guys are no-names playing without hubris or airs, just hard-nosed ball.

But do they have someone to limit Lebron? Powell maybe, not sure but I like Toronto's chances better than Boston to get past Cleveland.
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Old 02-13-2018, 07:21 AM
 
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We all know the NBA doesnt want a Houston/Toronto Finals.
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Old 02-13-2018, 07:59 AM
 
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Yeah, I've noticed this year's Raptors team is different and tough to play against. They are like an NCAA final four team jacked up to pressure and play as hard as possible.

DeRozan gets about 35 minutes a game, Lowry 32, Obaka 28... then 7 other guys get 15 minutes plus. They throw waves of energy at you and half of these guys are no-names playing without hubris or airs, just hard-nosed ball.

But do they have someone to limit Lebron? Powell maybe, not sure but I like Toronto's chances better than Boston to get past Cleveland.
Boston just have to keep the game close (I know, that's not easy) and they'll win because of clutch Kyrie.
Whereas even if Toronto keep each game close, they may have nobody to hit the final dagger.
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Old 02-13-2018, 09:31 AM
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Location: Ontario, Canada
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So what will your response be if its the same old Raptors, flaming out in the postseason?
The usual, drink too much tequila, swear at the TV, and switch my focus to the Blue Jays.
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Old 02-13-2018, 03:27 PM
 
Location: Crooklyn, New York
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We all know the NBA doesnt want a Houston/Toronto Finals.
Funny you say that because the fans don't want that either. As much as fans complain about the same matchup in the Finals year after year, it's hard to come up with a better matchup than Golden State and Cleveland given the conference setup we're forced to work with.
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Old 02-13-2018, 03:44 PM
 
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Funny you say that because the fans don't want that either. As much as fans complain about the same matchup in the Finals year after year, it's hard to come up with a better matchup than Golden State and Cleveland given the conference setup we're forced to work with.
Golden State & Milwaukee?
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Old 02-13-2018, 04:26 PM
 
Location: Springfield, Ohio
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Funny you say that because the fans don't want that either. As much as fans complain about the same matchup in the Finals year after year, it's hard to come up with a better matchup than Golden State and Cleveland given the conference setup we're forced to work with.
I agree...as much as people loved seeing the Pistons beat the Kobe/Shaq Lakers that one year, they don't want to see teams with no stars every year. The Rockets do have a big of that superstar excitement factor though, with Harden and Paul, despite their flopping.
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Old 02-13-2018, 04:45 PM
 
Location: Crooklyn, New York
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I agree...as much as people loved seeing the Pistons beat the Kobe/Shaq Lakers that one year, they don't want to see teams with no stars every year. The Rockets do have a big of that superstar excitement factor though, with Harden and Paul, despite their flopping.
I doubt there were too many people saying, "Aw man, not Ali and Frazier AGAIN."

People always want to see a Clash of the Titans. When Federer and Nadal were on a collision course to meet at the U.S. Open last summer, tickets in the nosebleed section were selling for $1,200. Once Federer lost in the early rounds, prices plunged to around $60. For some reason, Rafael Nadal vs Kevin Anderson just didn't excite people the way a matchup with Roger Federer did. Go figure.
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Old 02-13-2018, 06:13 PM
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I guess for some Yanks, an eternal GS/Cavs final would be heaven.

For some of us, it's Boresville X Infinity.
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Old 02-13-2018, 08:06 PM
 
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I guess for some Yanks, an eternal GS/Cavs final would be heaven.

For some of us, it's Boresville X Infinity.

Well the series would have appeal because of the two things below would happen.

1. Lebron would lose again in the Finals

2. The Warriors Dynasty would be denied
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