Stress Test: Ranking every Toronto Raptors playoff series by pressure

The title is fairly self-explanatory. We’re reviewing and ranking each and every Raptors playoff series by a very important metric: Toronto’s collective sphincter tightness. Breathe deep, Raptor fans. The pressure’s off.
That may seem like a funny thing to say right before the franchise’s first ever Finals appearance, but for anyone who spends time taking the temperature of the team, and the NBA eco-system around them, it’s the truth.
Toronto fans are looking forward to a series for the first time since 2013. U.S. media has (mostly) gone a solid week without referencing the Raptors as “tortured”. The expectations for the series are reasoned but optimistic. (The Warriors probably win, but the Raptors could make it very tough). Kyle Lowry smiled!
These are salad days. Make no mistake about it. If the Raps win the title, it’ll be the greatest moment in Toronto sports since at least 1993 — maybe since 1967. If they lose, well, barring some sort of horrible series of embarrassments, who cares? The Raptors are IN THE NBA FINALS, BABY!
It’s actually kinda odd to get ready for playoff basketball without a crushing sense of dread and ennui surrounding the team. It …

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Author: ConorMcCreery / Raptors HQ

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