Title: Raptor Recalibration, Game 5: Getting the little things right, shooting regression, targeting Redick and more
Date: May 8, 2019
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic, my playoff day-after playoff column looked at a blowout Game 5 victory for the Raptors that gives them two chances now to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals.
A few years before Drake first appeared on Degrassi and more than a decade before he broke out as a rapper with “So Far Gone,” another future Canadian star was cutting his teeth as a child actor. In 1997, “Breaker High” debuted on YTV. Among the cast was a teenage Ryan Gosling, fresh off of appearances on “Are You Afraid of the Dark,” “Goosebumps” and “Ready or Not,” landing his first recurring role.
Gosling would, of course, go on to be a pretty big deal in Hollywood, starring in major hits like “The Notebook,” “La La Land,” the underrated “Crazy, Stupid Love,” “The Nice Guys” and more. He’s won 22 awards overall and twice been nominated for Best Actor at the Academy Awards. Before all of that, he was Sean Hanlon, an endearingly nerdy would-be teen heartthrob on the high school-on-a-cruise ship.
It’s not hard to imagine a young, pre-Heartbreak Drake Aubrey Graham watching “Breaker High” after school. Drake and I are the same age, and I sure as hell did. It might have been my first favorite show, other than “The Secret World of Alex Mack.”
I bring all of this up because Drake performed Joel Embiid’s airplane celebration back at him from his regular courtside seat Tuesday while wearing a terrific “Breaker High” hoodie. It was among the most Canadian things possible (one of the Property Brothers, Drew Scott — who can ball, by the way, and played for Drake in the 2016 NBA All-Star Celebrity Game in Toronto — sitting nearby didn’t hurt either), and it was a fun cap on a 125-89 victory that put the Raptors ahead 3-2 in their series with the Philadelphia 76ers.