The Toronto Raptors are in the playoffs for the first time since 2007. They’re the Atlantic division champions. They’ve set a franchise record for wins in a season. They’ll tip off game one against the Brooklyn Nets this Saturday (April 19) at 12:30pm at the Air Canada Centre (available on TSN).
That’s all the important stuff you need to know. A bit of a downer – but nothing to worry about – is that the Nets tanked their game last night, meaning they dropped a spot in the Eastern Conference to avoid matching up with the far superior Bulls, which would have meant Toronto faces a very beatable Washington. Either way, Brooklyn purposely aiming to enter a seven-game series with a Raptors team that went 42-22 after a major early season trade that saw Rudy Gay shipped to Sacramento doesn’t seem like that great a plan.
A few more notable facts:
– Toronto and Brooklyn split the season series 2-2
– Nets starting five playoff experience: 399 games; Raptors starting five playoff experience: 24 games
– Nets’ average age: 29.2; Raptors’ average age: 26.5
– Brooklyn has the highest average salary of any team in the NBA.
– Raptors playoff tickets are the highest in the league ($370 average price)
Brunch beers on Saturday, anyone?
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