Toronto Raptors: Re-watching Game 6 provides unique perspective on title run

Kawhi Leonard #2 of the Toronto Raptors. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)
Kawhi Leonard #2 of the Toronto Raptors. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images) /

The Toronto Raptors’ championship run holds a special spot in Canadian sports history and watching it again gave it special meaning.

Re-watching Game 6 of the NBA Finals, you get a better sense of the magnitude of what the Toronto Raptors championship accomplished.

It’s easy to forget that Toronto already had a chance to win the Larry O’Brien at home but were unable to get the job done. Instead, the entire country had to be patient, but you could say that it was well worth the wait in the end.

At a time like this, sports can provide some necessary therapy but the absence of live events has been understandably tough. This is why it’s nice to know there are moments we can look back on and sometimes find another perspective.

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When the Raptors won the title, the immediate reaction was the scenes across Canada as people gathered in the streets to celebrate a title win that united the country in a unique way. Really the only other time you would see sports fans party in the streets from all the province in territories are the Olympics.

Seeing the Raptors win the NBA title really pulls similarities to the Toronto Blue Jays winning in 1992 and even 1993. At this point in time, the moment is so fresh in the memories and celebrated in a much different era with the advances of social media and technology.

During the past few weeks, we have seen the Kawhi Leonard buzzer-beater, Kyle Lowry go from being a question mark with his performance in Game 1 to putting the team on his back when it mattered most.

The best part about all of this is not having to deal with the constant talk before and after the game from the media south of the border who weren’t exactly giving Toronto their fair shake at times.

Instead, the Raptors can enjoy their reign longer because of circumstances beyond their control and let’s just say we won’t complain. Canada waited 24 years for the chance to have an NBA champion so it’s not the worst thing to let the good times continue.

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What was your favourite moment re-watching the Raptors’ championship run? Did it provide another perspective? Let us know in the comments below.