The Toronto Raptors may not get a lot of mainstream attention from analysts in the United States, but they are quietly dominating the Eastern Conference with fantastic mix of star power and a deep bench that might be the best in the entire NBA.
Both were on display Wednesday night in Detroit, as the Dinos took on the Pistons in the second half of back-to-back games. After getting out to a sluggish start and trailing by 14 points at halftime, the Raptors clawed back to make it close. With ten seconds left and down by a single point, Raptors All-Star DeMar DeRozan did this:
ABSOLUTELY FILTHY ? pic.twitter.com/ps8bnPvXps
— ESPN (@espn) March 8, 2018
Oh. My. God. Poor Anthony Tolliver was just crushed by that two-handed slam.
DeRozan hit the extra and-one free throw, giving the Raps the lead. A Blake Griffin layup would tie the game and send it overtime.
Both teams struggled to score in the extra frame, but as the clock wound down the ball was once again in DeRozan’s hand. As everyone expected him to take the final shot, DeRozan slices to through the paint, attracting a handful of Pistons players trying to stop him, before kicking it out to unheralded Fred VanVleet, who sunk a long two to seal the win.
The Raptors are good.