Title: HN Playoff Team Preview: Toronto Raptors
Date: March 31, 2017
Original Source: Hoops Nation
Synopsis: I made a guest appearance at Hoops Nation, answering a few questions about the Raptors.
We are 15 days away from the 2017 NBA Playoffs. As the seeding begins to solidify, there are plenty of questions that remain unanswered. What we do know is that the Toronto Raptors have already clinched a playoff berth.
Q: What were the expectations for the Raptors after Kyle Lowry got injured?
Blake: The expectation was just survival. The hope was to hang on to home court in the first round, and moving up higher than that seemed unlikely. Anything better than .500 would have sufficed.
What they’ve done, record-wise and on the defensive end, is really encouraging. Not only have they locked up home court and blown away a .500 record, they look the part of a legitimate defensive outfit and are back to seeming like a fairly obvious favorite in a first-round matchup.