Celebrating the Toronto Raptors in the Finals, live on a Saturday night

After winning four straight games, the Raptors are going to the 2019 NBA Finals against the Warriors. But before all of that happens, Toronto got to celebrate. It was hard not to notice the line. Almost four hours before tip-off, Raptors fans were already snaking around the Scotiabank Arena, from the entrance to Jurassic Park in Maple Leaf Square, along the building’s southern edge, up Bay Street, across Front Street, all the way back to University Avenue and beyond. This, even as the humidity began to break and the clouds rolled in; and despite the day’s earlier rain and the thunderstorm warnings issued by Environment Canada.
Toronto would not be denied its day in the sun though. In the hour or so before the official start of Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals, with the Raptors one win away from destiny, the thunderstorm warning was called off, every public space around the arena was filled, and Toronto was ready.
The game itself played out as many Raptors’ contests have so far this post-season. The team didn’t quite make it easy on themselves, falling into a 15-point hole, and looking every bit like a squad preparing for a seemingly …

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Author: Daniel Reynolds / Raptors HQ

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