Inside the Purple Room GM 80-81: The banner was unveiled and the crowd went wild. The Raptors though didn’t jump for joy but rather took a moment to embrace how far they have come and moved on. There is always that tendency to play down to the level of your competition because you’ve already clinched a playoff spot and can cruise past the lesser teams. But even though the Toronto Raptors had a couple scares in late stages of both games they found a way to pull through and withstand the runs. They are young and a learning as a team to persevere and it has paid off.
Inside the Purple Room GM79: The Toronto Raptors got taken apart by those Knickerbockers. It was a must win game for the Knicks who executed with ease. Amare and Melo showed why they were brought over to the New York. There was an Andrew Wiggins sighting court side! Kyle and Demar lead the way for the Raptors. Amir was back in the starting line up but he was a little slow to get acclimated to the physicality in the paint. Up next the Raptors play the Pistons!
Inside the Purple Room 2013-14 GM78: It’s history in the making folks! With just 4 games to go the Raptors are hoping to attain a 50 win season for the 1st time in franchise history! 15-Deep is their motto and they showed it vs. Sixers. The little things that Salmons did off the bench and the engine that makes this team run Kyle Lowry exhorted his might in a game they had to win. The starters combined to score 100 points for the Raptors.
The Atlantic Division title is within reach for the Toronto Raptors. When Kyle Lowry & Amir Johnson went down the question that then came into play was how productive was the bench going to be? Well, in the 3 victories they proved to be an integral part of this team. How many years has it been since the Raptors can say they have had legit bench depth. While great teams like the Pacers & Rockets are slipping fast the Raptors are holding even keel and finishing the season out strong.
Always Looking Up: The Pacers through April 6th have lost 7 of their last 10 games and are hanging on to dear life as the 2nd seed in the Eastern Conference. They have suffered their share of offensive woes & have looked out of sink having lost 6 straight away from home. This time it was our opportunity to dig deep with the team and take them back to their roots where it all began.
Inside The Purple Room GM74: The Miami Heat stand alone with this win against the Toronto Raptors. Kyle Lowry goes down and Raptors nation holds their breathe. Chris Anderson fought his way in the lane to tip it in with his beard and all! Lebron James might have somes knicks and bruises but he is one of the best ballers on earth scoring 32 points along with 8 assists & 7 rebounds. I can’t forget to mention how Chris Bosh has proved such an integral piece as the second best player on the team after Bron with Wade off and on due to nagging injuries.
Inside the Purple Room GM 71-73: After 6 long years the Toronto Raptors fans can now rejoice as they are headed back to the postseason. On top of that the Toronto Raptors tie a franchise record 20 wins on the road. The motto is 15 deep and this team is showing they can go deep into the roster and the players will be ready when their game is called! Case & point Landry Fields and Steve Novak. Winning cures everything!
Inside The Purple Room 2013-14 GM 69-70: The Raptors sleep walk through a game vs Hawks that had playoff implications written all over it. But in Cleveland it was more like a slop fest that saw the Raptors begin the game sluggish and never quite recover. They were lethargic at times and pushed their way to within one point but feel short of the prize and allowed the Bulls to creep up into the 3rd spot!
Always Looking Up Presents: A compelling look at Mike Scott’s fun sock obsession he’s turned into a thing! Every Saturday on Instagram he posts the most creative socks from his collection and hence where #socksaturday came from. Here more about his socks and our Canadian twist. #ShowingNHLLove
Special Shoutout: @SportinStyles for these awesome socks!
Inside the Purple Room 2013-14 GM68: It was edge of your seat excitement right from the opening tip! The OKC Thunder came to the ACC with one thing on their mind to WIN. They were on the second game of back to back and not only did KD light it up with 51 points 12 boards & 7 rebounds but he hit the dagger winning 3 ball to seal the team with 1.7 seconds to play in the second overtime. DeMar and his Raptors thought the had this one. They were about to close in on the magic number to secure a playoff spot. There were 4 Raptors players in double figure the first time since January 2013. Amir was celebrating his 500th career game and notched a double-double something we haven’t seen from him in a while. However, in the mist of all this KD did say this was one of the most aggressive games he has been apart of.