I just finished watching the Raptors beat the Pistons in overtime to clinch a playoff berth. This is, by far, the earliest in the season that they have ever done that. They are also the first team in the NBA to do that this year. And this is after being down 17 tonight.
The Raptors feel like a different team this year. They have the grit and toughness to come back and squeak out games like they did tonight. Seeing DeRozan run the floor and throw it down with less than 10 seconds left in the game is a powerful display of that. They are finding ways to win.
As of today, FiveThirtyEight is giving the Raptors a 55% chance of making the finals. That would be a franchise first. And a 17% chance of winning the title. I am really enjoying watching the best Raptors team that this city has ever seen. And I’m looking forward to playoff time in the city. It transforms this place.