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Dedication.

One word that sums up the entire season for the Toronto Raptors. Dedication. Back in October, we were all witnesses of the improvement shown by the underdogs after a 97-89 win over the Boston Celtics. The coaching staff, team members, fans, and training facilities were all committed to proving the doubters wrong – and they did. What an incredible 2013/14 season it was.

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Despite the heartbreaking 104-103 loss against the Brooklyn Nets – the Raptors put in every bit of effort they could the entire series (4-3). With 6.3 seconds left in the 4th quarter and the game in Kyle Lowry’s hands, all of Toronto was silent but hopeful. However, with that missed shot and no calls, the ball was in the right hands at the right time. Lowry’s dedication and fight throughout the season was endless. These men, over a course of eight months have grown to become a team – and to work together in order to get results.

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After many changes throughout the season – significantly the Rudy Gay trade, the team was able to build on what they had and make the most of it. Eventually, the Raptors found what they were comfortable with and went from there; ending their regular season 48-34. An outstanding franchise record alongside several other broken records and accomplishments – including the Raptors participation in the NBA all star game.

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The devastating loss in the first round of the playoffs that ended the Raptors season ultimately ended the doubt many fans held. The Toronto Raptors are a strong team. And there’s no doubt about it. Game in and game out, the fight never ends.

See you back in October boys!

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Well well well, look who’s back!

Hey, hey, hey! Haven’t seen you all in a little while eh? Can you blame me, school’s my life now.
Anyways, I’d like to re-introduce myself before I get into the more important stuff – Aish Abid, nice to meet you all and come across some familiar names and faces. Super crazy NBA fan. But lets be real, HUGE Raptors fan.

Alright folks, lets talk Toronto Raptors. Can someone say best team, fans, atmosphere in the league? These men have come a long, long way. Win or lose, the guys put out their heart and soul in every game, and it shows. But, come on though – it’s playoffs baby! The Raptors went from sweet and innocent to lets rip these guys apart kinda boys in a matter of 0.4 seconds [in the current series against the Brooklyn Nets].  How crazy was game 5, above any other game though? I’d say beyond crazy. Even after losing that built up 24 pt lead, I mean give the guys some credit – keeping it entertaining for the viewers! That’s playoff basketball for you.

Let me break it down for you – DeMar DeRozan, although had a rough game 1, showed his all star side in game 5 with 23 pts 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Improvements, improvements. Greivis Vasquez? Is this guard stealing anyone else’s heart? 15 pts in game 5, and those crazy shots. Moving on to the guy everyone’s obsessing about, Kyle Lowry. Am I right? The man is a hardwood genius. Scored 36 career-high points. Lowry constantly gives up his body game in and game out, helps the Raptors in the final minutes, shoots those buzzer beaters, I mean this guy is an all star at heart.

The edge of the seat moment however in the last couple minutes when the Nets brought the game to a tie – the Toronto Raptors still hung on, played hard and worked through it to beat the Brooklyn Nets 115-113.

Leading the series 3-2, the Toronto Raptors take the show to Brooklyn at the Barclays Centre May 2nd. [Lets get this game and move on up!]

PS; happy birthday to my homeboy, Amir Johnson!

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