Damn Raptors

Let's go back to the Rudy Gay trade. It was late 2013, and the Raptors traded Rudy Gay to the Sacramento Kings in a 7-player deal. The Kings sending John Salmons, Greivis Vasquez, Patrick Patterson and Chuck Hayes to Toronto in exchange for Gay, Aaron Gray and Quincy Acy.

That's when the Raptors team I fell in love with was born. Everything came together the remainder of that season. They immediate went on a 10-3 run and finally rose above .500. DeMar DeRozan was an all-star. We won the Atlantic Division, but lost to the Nets in the first round. Fuck Brooklyn.

We started the 2014-15 season 24-8. The core of Kyle Lowry and DeRozan won us another Atlantic Division title. We won a franchise record 49 games that season, but not a single one in the playoffs.

That brings us to this season. I watched more Raptors basketball this season than ever before. Lowry and DeRozan were all-stars again, and this team was exciting. 56 wins is a new franchise record, and for the first time ever, the Raps were a 2 seed in the conference. As pleased as I was with the regular season, I'm no fool. Here's a thorough explanation as to why I was showing restraint.

The Raptors have never won a best-of-seven playoff round. Never. This team was built to change that, but proof is in the pudding. Winning one round is essential, but it's going to take at least two to satisfy fans.

This pudding tastes like shit. Our all-stars are shooting miserably. At least Lowry is contributing in other ways. On most nights, DeRozan is most helpful with his ass nailed to the bench. I'd argue, with Lowry and DeRozan unable to make baskets, we're the least intimidating 2 seed in NBA history.

Tomorrow night is game 7. As a guy who has invested so many hours in this teams, I'm pissed, hurt, disappointed and dismayed. Do I believe we can win this series? Hell no. I hope I'm wrong, but I know stealing this series in seven likely means getting swept in round two. This is not a team built for the playoffs. This is a team built for the regular season.

Our We The North flag continues to hang in the bay window, and we're still hoping the regular season Raps show up Sunday night, but the writing's on the wall. The team needs an enema.


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andrew

Vince is the answer.
No team chemistry & players playing out of position. Players don't really have to be "coached" at this time of the season. It's up to them & coaching is there for support.
Agree this is a regular season team & not a playoff caliber team, Just ask Bruce Boudreau of the Anaheim Ducks.

April 30, 2016 @ 10:05 AM

T

Sorry Mike but if u felt upset with this game, I suggest u don't watch Game 7 cuz it will be more of the same.

This series should of been over except for the fact that the Pacers let Gm 5 slip. Raps don't know playoff BB, neither does Casey.

Its Saturday, its the NHL Lottery, maybe the Leafs winning the #1 pick will cheer u up.

April 30, 2016 @ 11:13 AM

McNulty

I don't understand how a team that was so good during the regular season can be so bad during the playoffs. It's mind boggling.
Even if they win Game 7 they'll be crushed with his kind of play in the next round.

April 30, 2016 @ 12:16 PM

Justin

I'd caution being too pessimistic about Toronto's chances tomorrow night. We're at home, the team will no doubt be fired up, and they know a HELL of a lot is on the line tomorrow night. It's up to Casey to make the necessary adjustments (and his ass is on the line too). As Jack pointed out on the broadcast, the Pacers played 2 steps ahead of the Raptors' offense the whole night. This team was utterly predictable on offense and Indiana completely neutralized them. Casey needs to come out with a different game plan tomorrow or we'll lose. He knows that, and I have faith this team will be ready. As for the 2nd round...I'm hoping for Charlotte. Raptors are historically and hilariously bad against Miami.

April 30, 2016 @ 1:01 PM

Another Steve

Raptors turn into team choke when the playoffs roll around.
This series proves that.

I had the Pacers in 6.

Masai Ujiri has no choice but to "Boudreau" Dwane Casey.
Rightly so.

Players are not listening to him, never mind buying in to whatever the game plan might be.

May 1, 2016 @ 3:05 PM

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