10 Reasons The Raptors Won’t Make It Out Of The Second Round

Source: nationalpost.com

The Jurassic period lasted for millions of years and saw a major extinction event.

The Toronto Raptors, named for a dinosaur that disappeared after said extinction event, might not last another seven games (or just under two weeks) in the NBA playoffs.

While the Raps did win their first playoff series in 15 years (they beat the Knicks in the first round that year), the upcoming series against a hot Miami Heat team will be just their 10th post-season series in team history.

In beating 7th-seeded Indiana in a rollercoaster of a playoff ride, the Raptors shook a huge monkey off their back.

But, we believe there is still some residual fur left sticking there.

The Heat will provide an even sterner test to a Toronto team that still provided more questions than answers in the first round.

Here, then, are 10 reasons we believe the 2016 run is going to hit a wall.

10. Dwyane Wade

And there the Raptors thought playing against Paul George was difficult. Three-time champion and Heat leader Dwyane Wade, who is rolling into the second round scorching hot, will give the Raps no end of fits. And, he has the added bonus of a better supporting cast, including Hassan Whiteside, Luol Deng, Joe Johnson and Goran Dragic. Outside of George Hill and to a smaller extent, Monta Ellis and Myles Turner, the Pacers and George just didn’t have quite enough to send T.O. packing. Wade, who will play his 160th playoff game in Toronto tomorrow night, is healthy and playing a level belying his 34 years. Wade is tied with Deng for the Heat playoff scoring lead at 19 PPG, and has shot a sizzling 47.1 percent from the field. If you want a good snapshot of just what he means to Miami, look no further than the do-or-die game 6 against Charlotte, where he scored a team high 23 points, pulled down six rebounds, dished out four assists, made three blocks and had two steals in a 97-90 win.

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