After 24 years of franchising, the Toronto Raptors have finally experienced the immortality of basketball by winning the 2019 NBA Championship. The road to his first title in the history of the franchise has certainly not been easy. In fact, they survived countless broken hearts to finally reach the top last season.
Chronologically, some of the most heartbreaking moments in the history of the Toronto Predators are listed here:
Miss Vince Carter’s last second.
Led by superstar Vince Carter, the Raptors 2000-2001 were the best franchise season of their time. Toronto moved on to the second round when they faced a No. 1 seed Philadelphia 76, led by MVP League Allen Iverson.
In the first six games of the Iverson and Carter series, they went back and forth and exchanged 50 points. The series comes down to the decisive 7th race in Philadelphia. In fact, it all comes down to making a decision about the ownership structure. Toronto has the ball, with a chance to reach the conference final, while Philadelphia leads 1-2 seconds from the end.
As expected, the ball fell into the hands of the best player. Carter confused the defender with his turn and looked in the corner. The shot went up and hit the back of the rim. The series is over. The Six are in the lead, and the heartbreaking Raptors have been sent home.
After the match Carter was criticized for being present at the release just before the seventh match. This is finally the high point the Raptors reached in Vince Carter’s time. The Half-Man Half-Amazing franchise was shortened in 2004-2005 and ended with an agreement with the New Jersey Nets in the middle of the season.
Loss of the first game in 2018
The Raptor Team, led by all the stars of DeMar Derozan and Kyle Lowry, became one of the best in the East in mid-2010. A specific obstacle they couldn’t overcome was that of Lebron James and Cleveland Cavaliers.
In the 2017-18 season, Toronto took first place in the Eastern Conference, leaving the advantage of the home court on the sidelines. Meanwhile, the Cavaliers fight in the regular season and finish it off with four men. Eventually these two teams came together in the second round.
Raptors fans were convinced they would take on James and the company, and many believed the time would come when they would finally rise above the hump. Toronto led almost all 1. The biggest deficit is 13 times greater. However, Lebron and Cavs inevitably came back and turned this competition into a closed contest on the site. The Rounds had several chances to win in fourth place in the final seconds, but they missed five attempts, including four on the edge, to win the race. Overtime.
The Cavaliers took control in overtime, but the Raptors still had a chance to win with their last possession with 1 to 12 seconds at the end. Unfortunately they missed their shot because Fred Van Vliet missed a three-point shot. Buzzer called. The game is over. The Raptors have worked so hard at home in 82 games that the Cavaliers pulled it out of their hands in just 48 minutes.
It may have been just a loss in the first game, but the atmosphere in the building certainly seemed to make them lose the series.
Game 3 : Lebron James’ dagger in 2018.
After a devastating defeat in the first game, the Raptors came out on top in the second game and lost at home by 18 points. With the move of the series to Cleveland, the Raptors are about to be absorbed by their executioners for the second year in a row.
No one has given the Raptors a chance to win the series, and many analysts have already predicted how it will end. And as expected, Cleveland had Toronto in his sights and entered the fourth quarter of the third game with a 14-point lead. Surprisingly, the Raptors managed to defend and with a brave trio of newcomer O.G. Anunobi they managed to draw in the remaining 8 seconds.
Unfortunately, with those 8 seconds we could finish Maestro Lebron James again. When the Horsemen decided to enter the courtyard, James was happy to set foot. Lebron went past the defense and tore the perfect driver behind the glass to win the game and send the team 3-0 in the break.
Another heartbreaking moment in the King’s hands. With their ghost in the ditch, the Raptors finally caught up with Cleveland for the second year in a row. However, this devastating end of a promising season marked the beginning of a low season of change and the 2018-19 campaign, which was the largest in the history of the franchise system.
Kavi Leonard is going home.
None of Toronto’s success last season would have been possible if team chairman Masai Ujiri hadn’t switched to Kavi Leonard last summer. The deal was a big risk for Leonard, as the former San Antonio Spurs star missed all but nine games of the 2017-18 season. Add to that the fact that he will be a free agent in the summer of 2019. However, Ujiri stepped up and sold his favorite franchise, DeMar Derozan.
Throughout the 2018-19 campaign, the Raptors did their utmost to persuade Leonard to stay, for example by involving him in a tax management programme to help him manage his injuries. On the one hand, Leonard played his role and played basketball.
As we have seen, Leonard had a dominant post-season and led Toronto to his first franchise title. It seemed that winning the title was what the Raptors needed to fully meet Leonard’s commitment to stay at least another season.
However, when the free agency arrived, the last MVP in Toronto finally decided to go home to Los Angeles and signed a contract with the Clippers. Raptors fans were certainly devastated by the news. Yet they are eternally grateful to Leonard for this one glorious season they will never forget.