After obliterating Philly in Game 1, the Raptors will try to maintain home court advantage and take a 2-0 lead in their Eastern Conference Semi-Finals series. It’s the most bizarre feeling in the world. The Raptors have won five playoff games in a row and I truly don’t know what to do with myself. The city of Toronto has never felt an aura of confidence surrounding any Raptors team until a couple of days ago: Game 1 against the Philadelphia 76ers.
Don’t get me wrong — I fully expected the Raptors to come out strong on Saturday after obliterating the Magic last round. However, the strangest thing is that it actually happened. No longer must I exude blind confidence, predicated on beliefs that ignore glaring issues within the team’s roster or game plan. Now, my faith is rooted in something tangible; I’m able to pinpoint the ways in which this Raptors team has succeeded. For the first time in many years, these winning habits are sustainable in the postseason.
Kawhi Leonard is an absolute machine. He’s methodical, overwhelmingly skilled and imposes his will on a regular basis. Marc Gasol is an otherworldly playmaker, and when paired with …
Author: Dylan Litman / Raptors HQ