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Toronto Raptors Will Not be Bullied, Showing Makeup of an Elite Team

We are watching the best Toronto Raptors team of all time.

I am quite confident in this opinion as well.

Dismantling and obliterating the Cleveland Cavaliers is one thing, but the the Raptors have consistently shown something different this season. The chemistry, the offensive flow, the defensive toughness – this is a new and improved Raptors team that underwent exactly what Masai Ujiri touched on over the offseason – a culture reset.

Not only are they showing toughness in their style of play, but they are also showing toughness in their overall mentality. A refusal to be bullied by anyone. They are chippy and they are not rolling over for anyone.

“It’s basketball. There’s a difference between basketball and off-the-court thing,” Kyle Lowry said after his ejection against the Philadelphia 76ers. “You want to keep it basketball then you keep it basketball. You want to do something else then it goes to something else. …

“I’m always going to stand up for myself and I’m going to stand up for my teammates no matter what. At the end of the day I’m a grown man. … I’m going to take care of my business when I need to take care of my business.”

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This is that bulldog mentality that Lowry has been known for for years and it has spread to the entire team. Lowry’s altercation with Ben Simmons earlier in the week is just an example of what the new Raptors are all about.

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