THE RAPTORS ARE THE CLASS OF THE NBA’S SECOND TIER

Title: THE RAPTORS ARE THE CLASS OF THE NBA’S SECOND TIER
Date: December 6 2016
Original Source: Vice
Synopsis: For my latest at Vice Canada, I looked at what the Raptors losing to the Cavaliers for the third time this year says about Toronto’s standing in the NBA.

The Toronto Raptors lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers once again on Monday night.

After letting the game get just a little too far out of reach, the Raptors scraped back to trim the lead from 15 to five. Were it not for DeMar DeRozan’s heel getting a little too familiar with the out-of-bounds line on a play with 12 seconds to go, things may have been different. You want it to be one way but it’s the other.

And so the Raptors are now 2-7 in their last nine meetings with Cleveland, including last year’s Eastern Conference finals, a record that is at least somewhat concerning when the Cavaliers are the scale on which the Raptors will ultimately measure themselves this year. They’ve dropped three games to the Cavaliers in the season’s opening six weeks, losing them by a combined 11 points, each game with small enough margins to leave fans and, surely, the team itself, with a postgame buffet of what-ifs.
Continue reading at Vice.

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