Well Raptors fans, it's done. The team has finally advanced to the second round on their third attempt with the current core and Dwane Casey, and now are looking forward to facing the Miami Heat. There are expectations that the team's performance will improve since the initial pressure of getting past the first round has subsided, but the team has to stay focused. The Miami Heat sport an intimidating starting lineup, and the Toronto Raptors are more than familiar with Joe Johnson and his capabilities. Hassan Whiteside will prove a tougher challenge for the Raptors' front court, who were able to effectively control the boards in the series against Indiana.
But DeRozan no longer has to put up with Paul George! Will he continue to struggle against the length of Luol Deng, or can he return to scoring at his efficiency during the regular season? Can Kyle Lowry work past his injured elbow and bring his offensive game back up from the bottom? Can bench players like Cory Joseph and Norman Powell continue to be stellar performers on the big stage that is the NBA Playoffs? The second round awaits!
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