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Raptors 905 will continue their quest to bring a championship to Mississauga on Sunday, when they tip off for their D-League Finals series against the Rio Grande Valley Vipers.
From there, the 905 return home for Game 2 at Hershey Centre on Tuesday and, if necessary, a deciding Game 3 on Thursday.
Game 1: Raptors 905 @ Rio Grande Valley Vipers – Sunday, April 23, 8pm, ESPNU/Facebook Live
Game 2: Rio Grande Valley Vipers @ Raptors 905 – Tuesday, April 25, 7pm, ESPNU/Facebook Live
Game 3*: Rio Grande Valley Vipers @ Raptors 905 – Thursday, April 27, 7pm, ESPNU/Facebook Live
* – if necessary
The big thing to note here is that the deciding Game 3, if necessary, would go up against Raptors-Bucks Game 6, which is all kinda of frustrating for those who root for both the parent and junior club. The 905 have wrapped up each of their series in two games so far, but Rio provides a tough test, and fans will be split between a pair of elimination games if the 905 need to go the distance. Rio fans can’t be much happier, as the Rockets and Thunder could also play that same night if the series isn’t wrapped by then. (I’m sure most fans will choose Raptors, which stinks for the 905 – their crowd for Game 2 of the East Finals on Wednesday was only half of its earlier playoff crowd because it overlapped with the Maple Leafs, so I can only imagine the impact of a Raptors overlap.)
As a side-note, these games will likely be aired on Facebook Live in Canada, as ESPNU games have been previously. UPDATE: They’ll be on Facebook Live.
We’ll have a full preview of the series sometime between now and Sunday morning.
Raptors Republic readers can get discounted 905 playoff tickets by using the promo code REPUBLIC905.