For the first time ever, the Toronto Raptors have reached the NBA Finals. That’s A Rap is with you fans on this one. This is an exciting time, and it was created from a real nail-biter of a game. On the latest episode, we discuss the Game 6 comeback to secure the series win against the Milwaukee Bucks, as well as the importance of this moment as a Toronto sports fan.
Jay Rosales joins us mid-pod all the way from Ohio to join Jay (Leung) and Dre in celebrating the big win, as well as letting us know how the Cavaliers are spending their vacation. Have a listen!
On the Latest Episode:
The Raptors started off with a slow start, conserving energy against a Bucks team that fought every second as if it was its last. Down 15 in the third quarter, things were looking like old Toronto: Game 7 loomed in a daunting series. Instead, we were quickly reminded of the new Toronto. The squad put the Bucks into a defensive shutdown and then the comeback started on the way to securing a tight win (on the back of a 26-3 run in the fourth).
With the win — the fourth loss in a row for a Bucks team that hadn’t lost even three in a row all season — the Toronto Raptors have reached the NBA Finals for the first time in franchise history. Wow.
Toronto’s victory came on the back of a colossal team effort, including a 27-point, 17-rebound monster game from Kawhi Leonard. Kyle Lowry led the assists column with eight dimes. Both Pascal Siakam and Fred VanVleet were successful offensively, with 18 and 14 points respectively; VanVleet’s three point shooting, once again, helped bring the Raptors back during the more dire moments of the game. Nick Nurse joins a small class of coaches that have made the NBA Finals in their first year as a head coach. And the Raptors are one of six teams in NBA history to win a Conference Finals series after being down 2-0.
The latest edition of That’s A Rap focusses on more than Game 6, though. We broke the usual playoff format to just soak in the glory that this brings to Toronto NBA fans of all walks of life. We also have a slight preview of the Raptors’ matchup against the Golden State Warriors in the Finals. (We’ll go more in depth in a future episode). For now, this is another monumental moment in Toronto sports, and we are going to enjoy it until the next (and final) step.
1:38 – The Start of Our Pod, and the start of the Raptors: Both Leading Up To Now
9:15 – What this event means to Torontonians
21:54 – A Wild Jay Rosales Appears!
32:34 – A Brief Look at the Golden State Warriors Series Coming Up