Twenty games later, it is finally over.
Mike Ganter, Toronto Sun
Mike joined the Sun in November 1988 and flourished both on the baseball and basketball beats. Well-spoken, he has an opinion on most any sport. He was a regular guest on the Grill Room with Gareth Wheeler. Also covers the CFL and NFL in the off-season. Mike lives in Brampton.
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When your opponent is blowing kisses to the crowd from the bench, you know there’s a problem.
The Raptors rabid fan base is far more concerned about Jonas Valanciunas’ fourth-quarter playing minutes than he is.
And now the tough sledding begins.
As Nik Stauskas holds court inside the Sacramento locker room with a group of Canadian reporters looking to catch up with another in a growing list of potential NBA standouts from this country, Ben McLemore sits not two feet away.
Say this about Masai Ujiri. He does not play it safe.
Well, no one said it was going to be easy.
Kyle Lowry was scoring. Deron Williams wasn’t.
All season long, Raptors head coach Dwane Casey has been preaching “Hit first.”
The novelty and physicality of the post-season may have caught DeMar DeRozan off-guard in Game 1, but there was not going to be a repeat of that.
Experience, despite what the young Raptors tried to tell themselves coming into this thing, is a difference-maker.
It wasn’t so much a get-well game for the Raptors as it was a get-it-over-with thing for the Pistons.
When all was said and done, it was going to be one of them.