The Toronto Raptors won Game One of their first round playoff series with the Washington Wizards Saturday 114-106 by not changing a thing about the way they played in the regular season.
It was just plain lucky that a college injury allowed OG Anunoby to fall to the Toronto Raptors at 23rd in last year’s NBA draft.
Over the past 7 seasons, head coach Dwane Casey has led the Toronto Raptors out of the lottery wilderness to the top of the Eastern Conference in a show of steady improvement not seen in over 35 years.
The 59 win Toronto Raptors have never been favorites to get out of the NBA’s Eastern Conference previously and just maybe that’s because they’ve never finished first in their conference before – ever.
Orlando president of basketball operations Jeff Weltman would be crazy not to go after Raptors 905 head coach Jerry Stackhouse or Raptors assistant coach Nick Nurse.
Soon after Lorenzo Brown found out he was this year’s NBA G League MVP, the Toronto Raptors converted his status to a standard NBA contract just in time for the NBA playoffs.
“(Khem Birch)’s been playing great,” Orlando Magic head coach Frank Vogel said prior to the team’s game in Toronto. “Every opportunity that he’s gotten to play this year he’s nailed it.”