Toronto (Reuters) – Fans of The Toronto Raptors around celebrated the historic way into the NBA finals with a spontaneous party on the streets of the canadian city, and hopped even on a bus.
As the first Team outside the USA has qualified for the second youngest Franchise in the professional Basketball League for the title Showdown and is now challenging the all-powerful Golden State Warriors. “You are one of the greatest teams in the history,” said Toronto Coach Nick Nurse from the title defenders. “It will be a great challenge.”
Led by their re-superior Superstar Kawhi Leonard, the Raptors won with 100:94 against the Milwaukee Bucks and decided the series with 4:2 Win for themselves. The Canadians fought to a 15-point deficit back into the game. “We have always believed in us and knew that we can play both in the Offensive and in the Defensive better,” said Leonard, who was with 27 points, 17 Rebounds and seven Assists, again the most prominent actor.
Bucks Superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo was disappointed after the From of the strongest Teams in the main round, obviously, because Milwaukee was two Wins from the first two Games actually on the final course. “Our 2:0 lead didn’t mean anything. We need to make it better – the Team and each individual player,” said the Greek.
The Raptors-trailers contributed with their vociferous support in the Scotiabank Arena, the team was able to crown the chase and not for the second Time in a final of the Eastern Conference failed. In 2006, Toronto lost to the eventual Champion Cleveland in the then LeBron James went on a basket hunt. The Raptors took advantage of the opportunity that had offered by the change of the Superstars of the Los Angeles Lakers: for the First time since 2010, made it to the East, a Team without James in the Finals.
Against the Warriors for the fifth Time in a row in the final, want to crown the Raptors their success story. “We are still a step away from our great goal, we want to bring the championship,” said guard Kyle Lowry.
In contrast to Golden State, the 4:0 won against the Portland Trail Blazers, are the Canadians in the rhythm, and have a. according to a statement from the Raptors boss Masai Ujiri in Leonard “the best player in the League” in their ranks The 27-Year-old accepts the praise left: “I don’t care if I’m the best player. I just want to win with the best Team.” Whether he will succeed with the Raptors, is shown for the first Time in the night to Friday, when the finals series starts.