Now This Team I Love

Now This Team I LoveOn New Year's Eve, I was at a party with my slo-pitch teammates. At the time, I wouldn't miss a Leafs game, but hadn't really paid attention to the Raptors since their hot streak after acquiring Rudy Gay last season. My friend Mike Kic convinced me to give the Raptors another shot, explaining that they're playing as a team following the trade of Rudy Gay to Sacramento.

The first game I watched was on New Year's Day, a 95-82 win over a very good Indiana team. Then there was a blowout win in Washington followed by a very close loss in Miami against the defending champs. Kic was right. This Raptors team was different.

With Bargnani gone, no player on this team makes my blood boil. With Gay gone, the sum is greater than the parts. Kyle Lowry is playing amazing, unselfish ball, and the end result is a team that's very easy to like.

Last week, in Brooklyn, the Raps won with a late steal and selfless pass from Lowry to Patterson. I don't think I'd ever seen the Raps win like that. On Friday night, I watched them win convincingly in Denver, and they battled back from a 19-point deficit to nearly pull off their first win ever in Portland. This team is good!

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The starting five of DeMar DeRozan, Kyle Lowry, Amir Johnson, Terrence Ross and Jonas Valanciunas have won me over, and suddenly the Raps have a deep and solid bench.

The Jays tried to force the hastag #LoveThisTeam on fans, but it's the Raptors who deserve it. Kic was right, I love this team!

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Luigi

It's been a long time since the Raptors have been this much fun to watch. I hope they can keep it going through the rest of the season and into the playoffs!
On a side note, those yellow shoes the Nuggets wore are pretty snazzy.

February 3, 2014 @ 5:16 PM

McNulty

I love watching the Raptors.

It's an exciting team. And it's a fun sport to watch.

I'd go all the time if I could get the damn tickets.

February 3, 2014 @ 9:46 PM

Argie

@Mike
Typical Toronto bandwagon jumper! Actually I feel the same way as you do about the Raps. Now that they're winning, I want to see their games.

February 4, 2014 @ 8:38 AM

Al The Royal Pain

I'm right there on that bandwagon beside Argie...although I never stopped supporting them, I just lost interest for awhile but since that Gay trade, this team has been a ton of fun to watch.

I sense a change in attitude at MLSE and I think a lot of it comes from Lewicke (sp?) He brings a bit of American swagger to that organization which isn't a bad thing (in small quantities).

When is the last time you saw a commercial on TV pumping up a Free Agent signing by any Toronto team (ala TFC)? I don't think I remember EVER seeing something like that.

Now, I'm hearing talk that the Raptors might be a good destination for Lebron James. As far-fetched as that seems, that would never even BE a discussion in the pre-Lewicke era.

Heck I'd even love to see what MLSE might do if they bought the Argos!

There are some interesting—if not fun—times coming in Toronto sports.

February 4, 2014 @ 9:32 AM


Matt

I've been to raptors games over the years and they're always fun and entertaining.

Not much I can say that hasn't been said already. They're playing some great ball and believe the can beat anyone.

After last nights win they're tied with Indiana and Miami for the most road wins by an eastern conference team.

Tickets aren't too bad either!

February 4, 2014 @ 4:26 PM

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