- Charlie Sheen
Well more crowd shots of Maple Leaf Square (aka Raptor Square aka Heaven's Ghetto.... where is that 2Pac pic?) on TNT - because we know the games will be on TNT if it is the HEAT - is not a bad thing either.
If they can be competitive and even win a game or two, all the better.
Oh yeah, they have to finish this series first.
"Championships are what we live for, now lets go win them."Tim Leiweke
Basketball has clear winners every night --except at the draft, which is all homework, politics and chance.
Some things to note:
-Brooklyn was one of the hottest teams in the league since January.
-Brooklyn had a nice lead on Washington where they would have only needed to win one more of their last 5 (they went 1-4) to ensure a 5th seed
-Brooklyn's final five games were all against sub-.500 teams, with only one playoff team, Atlanta, the 8th seed...
-Three of those games were home games, where Brooklyn had only lost to Toronto and OKC since January 1st...and they lost 2 of them.
-They weren't actually sitting out guys until the last game (maybe one or two each game, but nothing like the last game where they played a tight all-reserves lineup). They were losing because they weren't playing hard at all and just didn't seem to care about winning.
-After their final win against Orlando, they guaranteed themselves an at-worst 6th seed, meaning their last couple of games had to be losses if they wanted to have a good shot at getting that spot.
Seems to me that they did want a good chance at 6th seed. Wouldn't have been too hard (one more win against a bad team) to guarantee 5th seed. Seems they wanted the 2/7-3/6 bracket, and hoped Toronto would stay in their 3rd spot, especially by the last couple of games. *Again, this is as much about the 2nd round as the first.
I can't prove anything....but really, can you prove they didn't play to lose? It's not about proving anything, it's about it being possible at all, and being fun to discuss it because it's a totally stupid and arrogant thing for a team to do.
*And also, you can't say "well they didn't know and if Chicago had won in OT..." because Toronto knew Chicago lost by the 2nd half of their last game...where they clearly stopped playing hard, and Casey admitted to resting guys down the stretch of that game and basically not caring about the outcome since they knew their seeding was locked down. So if Chicago had won, maybe Toronto plays a better 2nd half knowing they have something at stake and keep their 3rd seed anyway.
Last edited by white men can't jump; Mon Apr 28th, 2014 at 04:38 PM.
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Game 4 was the most-watched sporting event in the GTA this week, ahead of all NHL playoff games. Overall, 6 million have watched first 4 gms— Josh Lewenberg (@JLew1050) April 28, 2014
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"TORONTO (April 28, 2014) – The Toronto Raptors’ Northern Uprising continues to inspire fans across the country, as overnight data from BBM Canada confirms that Sunday night’s Game 4 against the Brooklyn Nets attracted an average audience of 885,000 viewers, making it the second most-watched Raptors game ever, just behind the Raptors’ Game 7 loss to Philadelphia in 2001*.
Audience levels peaked at 1.46 million late in the fourth quarter as the Raptors secured the 87-79 victory. The game is the most-watched First Round game in the history of the NBA Playoffs on Canadian television.
Confirming the Raptors’ popularity in their hometown, Game 4 was the most-watched sports broadcast of the week in the Greater Toronto Area, delivering more viewers than any hockey game, and reached 20.5% of viewers.
Overall, the Raptors’ First Round NBA PLAYOFFS series against the Brooklyn Nets on TSN has attracted a total reach audience of 6 million unique viewers through the first four games."
Shit. This is amazing.
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