Exceeding Expectations: What We Learned from the Toronto Raptors This Season

May 6th, 2014 by Christopher Walder Leave a reply »

One basket is all that separated the Toronto Raptors from their first playoff series win since 2001. It's what kept 20,000 fans at the Air Canada Centre and another 10,000 outside of the building from shedding tears of joy as they watched their beloved team fall short against the evil Brooklyn Nets in a 104-103 Game 7 loss on Sunday.

A narrow defeat at the hands of an experienced Nets squad in a postseason they were never projected to be in is still something to be proud of. The Raptors made a name for themselves around the league by winning 48 games, securing the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference with an Atlantic Division title and exceeding all of their expectations in grand fashion.

It was a storybook year that no one in or around the franchise wanted to end. Jurassic Park has cleared out, but at this time next year, it will definitely fill up again. 

This season will be remembered as the first step of many in turning the Raptors into a legitimate championship contender. They were never going be perceived as a threat to the likes of the Miami Heat, but maybe now "Canada's Team" will be viewed with m ...

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