Toronto Raptors are the NBA’s new model of consistency

One year removed from their first-ever NBA championship and without a true superstar, the Toronto Raptors are still among the elite. They are now positioned as the NBA’s new model of consistency. Eight months removed winning the Larry O’Brien trophy in the Bay Area – for the first time in team history, no less – […]
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Author: Thomas Valentine / Raptors HQ

Could the Toronto Raptors miss out on the playoffs this year?

One season removed from winning their first-ever NBA title, what are the odds the Toronto Raptors could miss out on the playoffs this season? No matter how you phrase it, the Toronto Raptors are still the NBA champions. They will be all the way up until June 2020, when the NBA Finals will draw to […]
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Author: Thomas Valentine / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors: Five best games of the 18-19 regular season

On the way to their first-ever NBA title victory, the Toronto Raptors featured in some barnstorming games during the regular season. What were the five best? A dream come true season for the Toronto Raptors is well into the rearview mirror, but that doesn’t mean it’s to be left in the past. The Raptors put […]
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Author: Thomas Valentine / Raptors HQ

Forgotten Raptors Playoffs: Antonio Davis dominates the Knicks in 2001

In April of 2001, the Raptors won their first-ever playoff series — but they wouldn’t have done it without Antonio Davis Welcome to Forgotten Raptors Playoffs! All throughout the 2019 NBA Playoffs, we’ll be looking back at past Raptors series — going all the way back to 2000 — and digging into the hidden, underrated, forgotten or straight-up wacky subplots and memories!
Today we look at Toronto’s first playoff series win: The first round in 2001.
The Situation
Toronto Raptors (47-35, 5th seed) vs. New York Knicks (48-34, 4th seed)
The Outcome
Toronto defeats New York 3-2 in the best-of-five series.
What Everyone Remembers
The Raptors recovered from a 2-1 series deficit to win the series on the road in Madison Square Garden behind Alvin Williams’ clutch, series-clinching jumper (off a broken play) with 40 seconds to go.
What You Should Probably Remember Instead
That Antonio Davis, coming off his lone All-Star season, dominated the series, beating the Knicks at what used to be their own game.
For years, the Knicks pushed everyone around — even Michael Jordan’s Bulls, although they never did beat Jordan. But in 2001, following the trade of Patrick Ewing and seeing Larry Johnson’s season cut short due to back injury, …

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Author: Josh Kern / Raptors HQ