It’s a brand new series with the Raptors heading home looking to jump out to a 3-2 lead over the Philadelphia 76ers. The inherent dread of being a Raptors fan led me to a very anxious place when thinking about writing this preview for Game 5. With Toronto potentially staring a 3-1 deficit in the face heading into Game 4, I was graciously coached by the wonderful folks in my #RTZ group chat to pivot to a new, novel way of thinking while watching the scrappy, back and forth game: positivity. After allowing this modern style of thought to seep into my consciousness as the Raptors clanged three-pointer after three-pointer, my sense of impending doom began to alleviate and I started to believe.
And why shouldn’t we believe in this Raptors team? Regular season record aside, since the arrival of Marc Gasol, this Raptors squad has been one of the best teams in the league. They also employ some guy named Kawhi Leonard, who, in case you hadn’t heard is “really good at basketball.”
Yes, this series has shone a glaringly bright light on some very ugly truths, but in the spirit of positivity, I encourage you all to …
Author: Mitch Orsatti / Raptors HQ