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Raptors Fans Head Home Happy, Sad, Worried, Proud And Mad

20,000 fans inside the Air Canada Centre and 10,000 more outside in Maple Leaf Square watched as Terrence Ross made the improbable steal and Kyle Lowry got blocked on the layup attempt where no fouls are ever called to decide a game and the Toronto Raptors fell to the Brooklyn Nets 104-103 in Game Seven.

This game evoked every emotion from the fans at the game, watching the game and following on social media, but one thing is clear, the Raptors are back on top in Toronto and their fans are being heard.

Even after a tough loss, the Raptors sent their fans home happy – well most of them.


However, it’s hard not to be sad after losing a Game Seven by one point.

There are plenty of worries about the Raptors heading into the off season – mostly about the soon to be free agent Kyle Lowry.

There was every reason for Raptors fans to be proud of what Toronto’s team did this season and in Game Seven.

As in nearly every NBA game, there was no shortage of questionable or uneven calls from the referees to get the fans mad and as always, there was some justification for the anger.

Or mad at the team for not doing all they could.

For those covering the contest, that was as good a Game Seven as the media could hope to be at.

But of coursed not everyone appreciates the media.

This Raptors off season should draw just as much passion and interest as the playoffs have. From looking like a lottery team to winning the Atlantic Division and playing in a spectacular seven game first round playoff series, Toronto suddenly has very elevated expectations for next year.


Stephen_Brotherston_insideStephen Brotherston covers the Toronto Raptors and visiting NBA teams at the Air Canada Centre and is a member of the Professional Basketball Writers Association.