Kyle Lowry

USA Today

2018-19 Toronto Raptors

The Toronto Raptors are a very good basketball team.

December 13, 2018 - 9:24 am
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It’s time we had a conversation. You and I. And I want to have this conversation with you now because I want you to have this conversation with everyone who’s close to you. Your significant other. Your children. Your parents. Your co-workers.

This is a conversation that we need to have. And that conversation is this: the Toronto Raptors are a very good basketball team. A very, very good basketball team.

I’m not talking about the fact that they have the best record in the league by a healthy margin. It’s bigger than that. Let’s go back a few weeks to when Toronto beat Golden State 131-128 in overtime. That was big. But it was tempered by the fact that the Warriors didn’t have Steph Curry and the game was in Toronto. 

Well, last night the Warriors did have Steph Curry and the game was in Oakland. And Toronto won 113-93. They won by 20. In Oakland. In the second game of a back to back. Without Kawhi Leonard. 

That is kind of a big story. And it’s more about Toronto than it is about Golden State. Yeah, I know the Raptors have now swept the season series with the Warriors. That says a lot of about the Raptors, but I’m not jumping to any conclusions about the Warriors or burying them in mid-December. 

Sure they didn’t have much energy or urgency, but they’ve been here before, they know how the regular season goes. They know how long it is and how they have to pace themselves.

For right now, last night was not about the Warriors and it was all about the Raptors. It was about the fact that all five starters were in double figures. It was about the fact that they have crazy versatility. It was about the fact that they get after you defensively. It was about the fact that Serge Ibaka looks like the old Serge Ibaka. And that they did it without Kawhi Leonard and 24 hours after they beat the Clippers by 24 in their place. 

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