Raptors Advance to Conference Finals

In the end, it wasn't even close. The Raptors beat the Heat handedly in game seven of their second round series to advance to the Eastern Conference finals against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. The final score was 116-89.

Prior to tipoff, I was surprised by how little anxiety I felt. It was as if I had seen the game and knew we won. Here's what I tweeted.

Kyle Lowry was unbelievably good. He scored 35 points, added 9 assists and 8 rebounds. DeMar DeRozan wasn't too shabby himself, finishing with 28 points and 8 rebounds. This is the backcourt that led us to the 2 seed in the East.

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Bismack Biyombo added 17 points and 16 rebounds, helping us forget that Jonas Valančiūnas was watching from the sidelines in a camouflage suit.

This is now, without a doubt, the most successful Raptors season in franchise history. It's our first conference final, and equals the distance the 2015 Blue Jays went before they bowed out in the ALCS. The Leafs haven't been to a conference final since 2001-02.

I'm not going to worry about what lies ahead. Instead, I'm going to enjoy the fact we've finally won a conference semi-final series. How sweet it is!


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Wally

Bad news for Cheryl...

May 15, 2016 @ 9:37 PM

Anonymous

Bad news for Marty York...

May 15, 2016 @ 10:13 PM

Melvin

Oh thank god. This will bring back the extinct rhinos.

May 16, 2016 @ 6:27 AM

Justin

@Anonymous

I had to mercifully unfollow Marty York last night. His tweets on the Blue Jays fiasco that happened last night sent me over the edge.

And the Raptors are whiners, too. Especially that Lowery guy. #cavsinfour

— Marty York (@MartyYork) May 15, 2016

I would definitely rather have Odor on my team than any whining Blue Jay (heck, even that weird 1st-base coach was ejected for whining 2day)

— Marty York (@MartyYork) May 15, 2016

Zero respect for Stroman. Never have and never will. #knownuserofPEDs #overrated #wouldbeaNo.4or5onmostteams

— Marty York (@MartyYork) May 15, 2016

I have a hunch Gibbons has managed his last game for Jays. Has lost complete control. Team below .500 again. Can't catch Orioles, Bosox.

— Marty York (@MartyYork) May 15, 2016

I have a hunch Gibbons has managed his last game for Jays. Has lost complete control. Team below .500 again. Can't catch Orioles, Bosox.

— Marty York (@MartyYork) May 15, 2016

This is bautista's fault, pure + simple. He is an absolute disgrace. He's prob going 2 get suspended. Not that Jays will miss him or his bat

— Marty York (@MartyYork) May 15, 2016

Bautista is dumb, malicious and evil. He does not help his team and brawls do nothing. Jays r a bad team. Below. 500 yet again. #jaysawful

— Marty York (@MartyYork) May 15, 2016

This is beyond the realm of trolling or saying things to get a rise out of people. This is straight up being an a**hole. I don't know what Marty York's like in real life so I'll refrain from making comments his personal character, but he comes off in his twitter persona as a bitter, angry, and insufferable old man.

May 16, 2016 @ 8:57 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

And Marty York is visiting my home tonight.

We're recording episode 174 of Toronto Mike'd.

I'll ask him about the tweets, no doubt.

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May 16, 2016 @ 9:11 AM

Argie

I don't blame the Rangers for throwing at Bautista but as Gibbons said this should have been settled in their first meeting this season - not the last game with Bautista's final at bat.

I must say it sure made a boring baseball game exciting.

May 16, 2016 @ 9:16 AM

Collingwood Dave

Great win for the Raptors, but I think they are no match for the Cavs, but then again you never know Cheryl likes the Cavs and she is always wrong.So they have that going for them...

May 16, 2016 @ 10:33 AM

Cheryl

Go Cavs. That's all I have to say. Let'sw go Cavs.

May 16, 2016 @ 10:57 AM

Anonymous

I wonder if Marty's rants fall under the category of relevant, educational and social programming... yeah, he's not bitter at all... don't think there is anything "illegal" about Bautista's slides (not to mention most commentators just refer to that as a pretty standard baseball play). Cue up a York Report! Wow.

May 16, 2016 @ 3:20 PM

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