Toronto Raptors: A look back at other firsts in franchise history

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The First Postseason

Carter’s breakout season was the first time the Toronto Raptors made the playoffs, finishing sixth place in the East with a 45-37 record. Toronto faced Patrick Ewing and the third-seed New York Knicks, but were no match for this veteran club even though they kept the games close.

New York swept Toronto in the best-of-five series.

GAME 1: Knicks 92 Raptors 88

GAME 2: Knicks 84 Raptors 83

GAME 3: Knicks 87 Raptors 80

The loss to the Knicks was an anti-climatic end to a season that saw the Raptors check off a lot of franchise firsts. The 1999-2000 season was a real breakout year for the team – first All-Star, first slam-dunk winner, first season over .500, and the first playoff appearance.

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“Vinsanity” was in full effect in Toronto and Carter would help lead the Raptors to three consecutive playoff appearances.

After their historical 2017-18 season, the Raptors are looking to add a few more franchise firsts this postseason.

Whether this team has what it takes to be the best in the East throughout the playoffs remains to be seen.

But Game 1 on Saturday gives the Raptors the chance to win their opening game of the playoffs for the first time ever. (They are 0-9 all time.)

Next: Raptors prepare for their date with destiny

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