Toronto Raptors Reward Suffering Toronto Fans

I am not well enough versed in NBA to tell you the how or the why or to wax eloquently about the nuances of the game. I can tell you this, I sat and watched the entire Toronto Raptors/ LA Lakers tilt and for the first time in a LONG time I can say that those who spent their bucks on tickets at the ACC got every pennies worth. What a game!

I am pretty sure the Raptors didn’t lead until late in the 4th quarter and then Kobe had the final shot at the buzzer to win it all. What more do you want? Is it a title game? No. Is it a championship? No. It’s not even a playoff round win. What it is, I hope is the start of some mainstream coverage and perhaps, a little more attention.

Let’s allow swallow hard and realize there isn’t anything remotely interesting about the Maple Leafs right now. The game in Florida, like the one in Tampa and Atlanta were painful. Baring a major shift, there will be no intrigue until the deadline. Sure Brian Burke may wish someone would deal with him now or before the Olympics, but let’s get real. Would you pull the trigger to get any of these guys early? I certainly doubt there are too many GM’s out there saying if we only had a Poni on our team…..

The day after the deadline in Toronto will likely be the last time before the end of the season there is much to talk about of any real significance. I mean they may play a good game here or there, maybe there will be a new face from time to time to talk about. Why don’t we all get behind a team that could be on the verge of something. No gurantees, but hell I like their odds better than the Leafs especially when it comes to providing value for the hard earned cash we’ve all been wasting on the buds.

No one game doesn’t mean a whole lot. This team is exciting to watch, and for the most part they are at least in most games they play with a good shot at winning. Something we haven’t been able to say about the other teams in this town for a LONG time. Way to go Raps!



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Raptors Devotee
Raptors Devotee
January 25, 2010 9:09 am

One of the best wins in Raptors 15 year history – period. It ranks up there with beating the Michael Jordan Bulls IMO.

The Raptors with their friendly schedule ahead (lot of home games against sub-500 opponents) should be able to make a strong push to seperate from their current 500 record (actually one game over) and also take control of the 5th seed in the East.

More importantly, the team is coming together and playing a tougher brand of character basketball, where the players are accountable to each other on the floor. Jarrett Jack has evolved into our on the court leader and his play has been nothing short of exemplorary both on the court and also in a leadership role. He has earned both the starting 1 spot plus crunch-time minutes as well. Calderon thus is not going to be abused defensively as much plus by running the 2nd unit will be able to have more of a scoring role, which is his specialty, rather than dribbling too long and throwing it down to Bosh late in the shot clock. I don’t care about the salaries, and fortunately, BC and Triano are doing what is best to put W’s in the win column.

My only fear is that this team needs to bring it every night, and there have been too many letdowns when you expect them to go on a run. Let’s hope that they have the character now to avoid that, and can go on a nice streak.

Bottom line, the Leafs deserve almost no coverage now, but in this hockey-mad Leaf town, of course that won’t happen. At the same time, there are plenty of resources for a Raptors and NBA fan to get their fix, so I have no problem with that.

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