Toronto Raptors: 9 Revelations from Game 1 win over Wizards

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2. Kardinal Offishall is Doing Raptors Promos

If you didn’t notice, before the game actually aired on Sportsnet, Kardinal Offishall was on your screen rapping about the rest of the league not appreciating the Toronto Raptors and their stature. Why is Kardinal Offishall doing anything Raptors’ related, when Drake is the teams’ official global ambassador?

I get Kardinal Offishall is a Canadian rap legend, but i wouldn’t say he’s very current. I wouldn’t say your 16-year-old Raptors fan even knows who he is.

If you’re going to go outside the box, emerging Toronto rapper, Killy’s new album Surrender Your Soul just came out last month (solid project too, Doomsday is a lowkey banger) and Roy Woods dropped Say Less in December.

There are cats available to be put on display for the nation, Kardinal Offishal is a 40-year-old man who hasn’t been relevant since the mid naughts. Drake has multiple new singles and a new album on the way, you’d think he’d take this as the perfect opportunity to keep himself in the public eye before the drop.

3. The Wizard Win or Lose in the mid-range

A key to this series will be Wall’s shooting on midrangers. He’s been below 30 percent all year, but he’ll have as many as he wants against the Raptors. Jonas Valanciunas is a slow man and he defends pick and rolls like one.

The Toronto Raptors are ceding midrange jumpers like any good modern defense does, but the difference is JV can’t jump out at all to defend perimeter players. JV is and always will be a drop back centre, which is fine but is a gateway to being punished from mid-range.

“If” Wall can shift from first to third gear, instead of just first to fifth and pull up from mid-range with efficiency, the man could average 30 points in the series. If, I said if.