Wow what a game! That was all I could say after arguably the most entertaining Raptors game in years against the Lakers on Sunday. This wasn't a great game because the Raptors won, it was great because it was back and forth the entire way and the ACC was loud and boisterous.
Imagine that? A great crowd at a basketball game in Toronto!!!! Something that happens far less than it should especially when you consider the alternative is one of the worst teams in the NHL. What made it even sweeter is the fact that a good portion of the crowd was Laker fans or should I say Kobe fans. Something tells me most of them weren't from LA, and they're probably also fans of the Pittsburgh Penguins, New York Yankees and New England Patriots!
But enough about the front runners, Toronto played well on the offensive side of things which they usually do but they also came up wth big stops when they needed to. Hedo Turkoglu hit 2 clutch free trows which was nice to see considering how bad his season has been so far. Bargniani shot too many 3 pointer for my liking but late in the game drove to the hoop got fouled, made the basket and hit the free throw to trim it from a 4 point Laker lead to a 1 point lead. This is what you like to see from him and hope he will continue to do more of this in the future.
Great game and hopefully they will be able to bring the momentum from that game into tonights game against the Miami Heat. They will need the crowd to be as loud and electric as they were on Sunday, especially as it looks as though DeMar DeRozan will miss the game after spraining his ankle at practise yesterday.
This game is a very important game for the Raps because as of right now they trail Miami by a 1/2 game for the 5th spot in the Eastern Conference.
Tonight's game will have a playoff feel on the court, hopefully the crowd will match that intensity and drama. But don't be surprised if those Kobe fans changed jersey and are now wearing D Wade jerseys.
So Raptor fans at the game put down the sushi, pick up a beer and show the world why Toronto is 15-6 at home!!!!
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Written by Tomas Cleary