Storytime: Raptors - 2001 Playoffs vs Philadelphia (Pt. 1)
Updated: Jan 20
It’s May 2001. The Raptors are still the youngest franchise in the NBA and have yet to earn respect around the league. Their previous season ended with a sweep courtesy of the New York Knicks, and in the offseason they lost budding star Tracy McGrady to the Orlando Magic. But there’s hope in the air.
Vince Carter has emerged as a star, and carried the Raptors to a franchise best 47-35 regular season record. They avenged their loss to the Knicks by defeating them in the 1st round, advanced to face superstar Allen Iverson and the Philadelphia 76ers. The series is absolutely bonkers, with the two future hall of famers trading 50 point scoring outputs and late game heroics, all setting the stage for Game 7 in Philadelphia.
In this Sportsfeld Storytime series, relive the most infamous shot in franchise history (at the time), and the most controversial graduation ceremony in sports history, as Jake and Zubes tell the story of Game 7 of the 2001 Eastern Conference Semi-Final.
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