Raptors Clinch One-Seed, Set New Franchise Record in the Process
After a big bounce-back game against the Boston Celtics, the Toronto Raptors dismantled the Indiana Pacers on their home floor and in the process, set a new franchise mark.
Not only did the Raptors lock up the first-seed in the Eastern Conference for the first time in the team’s history with a 92-73 victory, they also set a new franchise record for wins in a season with 57 – still with three games to go. Led by Serge Ibaka’s 25-points, the Raptors will have the luxury of providing more rest for their key players with their playoff spot secured.
“That’s one of those goals that you fight for, you strive for,” DeMar DeRozan said following the win. “That’s what motivates you, is to get there and understand you took care of business. We’ve got home court advantage throughout the playoffs so let’s use that to our advantage. Little things, step by step, that’s how we look at it.”
The final question that remains for the Raptors is to find out who they will face in the opening round of the postseason, with three teams jostling for the final three playoff spots. If the playoffs were to start today, the Raptors will face a healthy Washington Wizards team, which recently brought John Wall back into the fold.
Half a game ahead of the Wiz are the Milwaukee Bucks, while the Miami Heat sit a game ahead of the eighth seeded Wizards.