Who could think it? After getting it handed to them in Cleveland, the Toronto Raptors somehow found a way to get two home wins over the Cavaliers to tie the conference finals at two games apiece. That prompted ESPN commentator Stephen A. Smith to issue an apology to all of Canada for thinking the Raptors couldn’t win.
Quite honestly, I think there is no need for Stephen A. to apologize, because I don’t think even Raptors fans thought these Raptors had a chance after the way they stunk out the joint in the first two games. By all rights, this team should be done by now. But Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan and crew have found a way to get it together in the crunch, again, just as they have done all playoffs. The tenacity of this team has been unbelievable – this is a totally different Raptors performance from what we have seen in the playoffs in recent years.
This has been the year in which the NBA playoffs have made mincemeat of conventional wisdom. Heck, look at how Oklahoma City is up on Golden State 2-1 in their series. Seriously, we are at the point now in the playoffs in which any one of these teams can literally win the NBA title.