Thinking about a potential matchup vs. Charlotte brought back memories of this dunk:
It would be great to make it to the 2nd round. That would be only the 2nd time in franchise history that the Raptors have done so. Honestly though, I do not want a repeat of 2007, when we were the 3rd seed and got knocked out by VC and the Nets.
We have definitely earned the 3rd seed this season, but we need to play like a third seeded team. The Raptors have one of the best records in the NBA in 2014, and we have taken down some top tier opponents. However, the postseason is a different breed of basketball. This is where legends really become legends, where the real stars shine brightest, and where a long season of supposed learning, growth, and team work are tested.
You guys are right. Be it Charlotte, be it Washington, be it Brooklyn, lets not get too ahead of ourselves by anticipating a 2nd round series. Lets focus on casting our reputation of being a legitimate team in stone. That definitely means taking care of business in the first round, and giving the Heat/Pacers or whomever it is we face in the 2nd round a good fight. (Maybe even the series W).
“You can sink and drown, or you can float, and we out here like Michael Phelps."
Brooklyn will get ALL the help in the world, you can count on that. The NBA has much to gain when an NYC based team makes the later rounds. They generate so much bullshit media and fluff to feed the masses it isn't funny. Whoever get Brooklyn first is gonna have to really, really go hard.
toronto, well they are the ugly stepchild, and I hope they know it, and use it as fuel.
Logic and experience this season says that "if" we make the 2nd round, Indiana is by far a better matchup for us than the Heat. Therefore, it'd be foolish to not try and position ourselves for the easiest road to the NBA finals. Not that we have much choice in positioning, other than holding onto the 3 seed, the only thing that is exclusively in our control.
respect - a raptors fan's wet dream
There's math, and everything else is debatable.
We're still being realistic. Nobody is talking about NBA Finals matchups because we know that's not realistic. Your argument is akin to rooting for a team in the NCAA tournament, but refusing to look over the bracket and picture a way through the region into the Final 4. It's just not realistic, we're fans, we wanna think "what if".
If we were the 8 seed playing Miami in the 1st round, then yeah, it would be fucking stupid to be looking at 2nd round matchups. But fact is we're going to be the favorite in our 1st round match, which is a feeling many of us have never felt, hence why you might be so averse to looking at round 2. It's ok. You can be a little bit confident in the Raptors now.
Last edited by Primer; Thu Apr 10th, 2014 at 04:06 PM.
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