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jeffb 04-24-2014 10:49 PM

Raptors fans are elite
 
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Five nights in to the 2014 NBA Playoffs, Toronto gets the award for best home fans so far.

For Games 1 and 2 against the Brooklyn Nets, Raptors fans inside and outside the Air Canada Centre behaved like a great sports crowd should. They were passionate, aggressive, supportive, spontaneous, and above all, loud.

This is a rare occurrence in North American sports, where pumped-in arena music, jumbotron-prompted chants and Kiss Cam rule the day.

From the pre-game introductions in Game 1, Raps fans set the tone by berating the Nets’ Kevin Garnett with fervent chants of “KG sucks” just because. He has never played against them in a playoff series before, but they hate him with a passion all the same. Raps fans (with a helping hand from Masai Ujiri) have given this matchup the feeling of a rivalry when no such thing exists – an impressive feat.

At the end of the Game 1 loss, Brooklyn’s Paul Pierce did his usual headband toss into the crowd as he walked into the tunnel. The difference this time? Instead of keeping the sweaty game-worn accessory as a souvenir piece to sell on eBay, Raps fans threw it straight back at him:
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Indeed, they have a sense of humor up north.

But the lasting take-away from the two games has to be the overall energy and noise created.

At one point early in the second quarter of Game 1, players could not hear the ref’s whistle because of the din the fans were creating. When the Raps tied the series in Game 2, the energy in the building and in Maple Leaf Square was comparable to a championship-winning celebration in some cities.

Very rarely do you see thousands of fans turn up to an NBA arena to watch the game on a big screen outside. Raps fans did so twice in four days – waving towels, getting drunk and screaming their heads off at every big play:
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Raps fans are extra thirsty for success having not been in the postseason since 2008 and it shows, but make no mistake: they have always had this in them.

Despite only making it out of the first round once in their existence, they have always ranked relatively high in attendance. Last season was their fifth straight year posting a losing record, yet they finished 13th in attendance. And they have always been boisterous when given something to cheer about (or against).

Anyone who watched Vince Carter’s first game back in Toronto after joining the Nets will remember the vociferous boos aimed his way and the creative anti-Vince outfits on the display.
Toronto Raptors fans are elite (and Oklahoma City Thunder fans are not) | NBA Observer




bjjs 04-24-2014 10:53 PM

Can't wait to go to game 5.

10gizzle 04-25-2014 12:35 AM

Watching this GSW game...I think our crowd is by far the craziest in the league right now.

Admiral 04-25-2014 12:54 AM

I was in the arena for game 2. The atmosphere was ridiculous. The noise was deafening.
I'm tempted to get to Maple Leaf Square just to experience that somewhat again.

The only crazier game I went to was the last playoff game against the Nets when it was against VC.

LJkAze 04-25-2014 02:21 AM

Of course we are; we're representing for Canada the only Canadian team in the NBA; of course we have to be elite :yeah::yeah::yeah:

RaptorsVictim 04-25-2014 04:58 AM

We are the best.
In the season that VC, A Davis and Alvin Williams took this team to the second round of the playoff, I just missed attending a couple of games during the regular season.

ZanTheMan 04-25-2014 05:59 AM

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Originally Posted by LJkAze (Post 889855)
Of course we are; we're representing for Canada the only Canadian team in the NBA; of course we have to be elite :yeah::yeah::yeah:

That's why I don't get why the NBA would prefer a HEAT - Nets matchup.... :dead: Why support an already established franchise full of aging have-been stars in an already conquered market when you can make the entire country of Canada bball crazy and maybe again try to put a team in Vancouver??? Am I missing something?

pzabby 04-25-2014 07:30 AM

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Originally Posted by ZanTheMan (Post 889873)
That's why I don't get why the NBA would prefer a HEAT - Nets matchup.... :dead: Why support an already established franchise full of aging have-been stars in an already conquered market when you can make the entire country of Canada bball crazy and maybe again try to put a team in Vancouver??? Am I missing something?

Or even montreal

Carlito 04-25-2014 07:35 AM

:yeah::yeah:

fizzgig 04-25-2014 12:42 PM

Raptor fans are the loudest and most passionate fans in the NBA. Period.

I watch a lot of Euroleague basketball. sometimes they remind me of the crowds in serbia, greece, turkey, lithuania. Loud and passionate. that's what you want.

ZanTheMan 04-25-2014 01:05 PM

When I saw clips of the party in the square I noticed people brought air horns. Are they forbidden inside NBA arenas?? Because they are a big part of practically every European sport, and I love love love that sound!

MikeToronto 04-25-2014 01:12 PM

We The Elite! :cookie:

UKRAPTORSFAN 04-28-2014 05:52 PM

Would love to fly over for game 5 ..


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