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    What Team(s) do you guys consider to be our rivals? Or it could be just a team that you despise
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    everyone.
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    It's hilarious, but in my mind it's the Bobcats.
    Not so much in respect to actual rivalry, but in respect to the team I really want to see the Raptors beat.

    They just seem to have our number, and Henderson's remarkably smooth head knows it.

    But for real, I bet the next match-up with Brooklyn will be intense.

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    I think you need a long playoff history to really have a rivalry. And because the Raptors have had a pretty terrible playoff history you can't really consider another team. Maybe NY comes the closest because the Raptors beat them in the playoffs once. You can throw in the Bargnani trade as well.. but NY would never consider Toronto a rival. So it would be one sided and that's a bit pathetic.

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    I'd like to hope that Brooklyn and Atlanta ... but I'm afraid Charlotte is among them...
    I was really hoping that Detroit and Cleveland would be rivals, but they have been horrible this season! ... to put it nicely

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    Personally, I think Pacers or Celtics

    The game atmosphere always feels different when we're playing against them

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    Nets
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    brooklyn forsure

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    Quote planetmars wrote: View Post
    I think you need a long playoff history to really have a rivalry. And because the Raptors have had a pretty terrible playoff history you can't really consider another team. Maybe NY comes the closest because the Raptors beat them in the playoffs once. You can throw in the Bargnani trade as well.. but NY would never consider Toronto a rival. So it would be one sided and that's a bit pathetic.
    This. We don't deserve a rival. Haven't been in the playoffs long enough to create animosity with another team. Detroit and Chicago for example. If we create a one sided rivalry with a storied franchise, which a lot of you are suggesting, they have every right to call us pathetic because it trivializes the meaning of the word.
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    Themselves (ie. self-implosion).
    “The saving of our world from pending doom will come, not through the complacent adjustment of the conforming majority, but through the creative maladjustment of a nonconforming minority.” - Martin Luther King

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    Brooklyn Nets and NYK

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    No one really, but if there's 1 team I love to beat it's the Knicks. I don't think the Nets are our rivals, just a lot of people here (including myself) don't like them.

    Around 2008 though it was the Celtics, Bargnani always used to have such good games against them. And the time Garnett barked at Calderon, ah the memories.

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    Brooklyn, the Bobcats, and the Knicks

    used to be the Celtics and Philly as well
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    Real 'rivalries' are formed in the play offs. Not amongst teams in the regular season. We have no rivalries. There may be teams that there's dislike with but that's not a rivalry

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    Sadly, the guy who said themselves is correct.

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    We don't have any rivals. And there really aren't many rivalries in the NBA today. I would say Heat vs Pacers is one. Warriors vs Clippers, maybe? but that's about it.
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    Warriors vs Clippers is one, even if they deny it. And it's great viewing!


    Bulls vs Heat had lots of potential, there was definitely a lot of tension there. Irrelevant without Rose though.

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    Quote Uncle_Si wrote: View Post
    Real 'rivalries' are formed in the play offs. Not amongst teams in the regular season. We have no rivalries. There may be teams that there's dislike with but that's not a rivalry
    I agree with the above, and although I don't think we have much of a rivalry with any team in particular, there is one NBA team that we've lost to in a playoff series and that we've beaten in a playoff series... they were both consecutive series as well.

    So my answer is the NY Knicks
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    I'd say the Knicks and Nets. Both are division rivals, both are somewhat close geographically, and we're the biggest cities in our respective countries. I don't think we need to play them in the playoffs to make it a rivalry. We just need to start winning the division every year and both teams will come to hate us.

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    Rivals are made in the playoffs, and both teams have to win a series before fans and players on both sides consider it a rivalry.

    Raptors have no rivals yet.

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