The playoff season is the most exciting period in for sports fans. It is also the most anxious and frustrating period. As always, Toronto sports teams push through the playoff season with their best performances. However, how hard they are push is something we have to judge.
Round 1 of the NBA Eastern Conference playoffs proves to be a success for the Toronto Raptors, as they eliminated the Washington Wizards during Game 6 in Washington. The first quarter of the game looked hopeful for the Wizards with a ten point lead against the Raptors. Nonetheless, the Raptors muscled their way to the win with a fifteen point lead in the fourth quarter. Let’s hope they can flex those same muscles against the Philadelphia 76ers in Round 2.
On a less positive note, the Toronto Maple Leafs had a rough playoff season and swallowed their pride against the Boston Bruins with a 7-4 loss in Game 7. The Leafs were optimistic with a previous 4-3 win during Game 5, and a 3-1 win in Game 6. Regardless, the Bruins powered through with strong performances from David Krejčí and Jake DeBrusk.
Prior to the loss, Leafs’ head coach Mike Babock cleared rumours that he had a poor relationship with Leafs’ centre Auston Matthews. Babock expressed that Matthews was frustrated with his performance with a contribution of only one goal and an assist during all seven games.
“I’ve really got a tonne of respect for Auston’s mum and dad. When parents give you their children, they expect you to treat them like you treat your kid,” said Babock.
It seems as though the Raptors will be the only team to keep sports fans on the edge of their seats this playoff season.
Josh is a freelance writer and recent journalism graduate from Wilfrid Laurier Univesity. His ambition is to pursue a career in copywriting and digital marketing. Josh has a strong background in journalism, with three years of experience as an editor for his former university's campus newspaper (The Sputnik). His hobbies include creative writing, reading, researching, job applications, Netflix and lots of time in the gym. Josh is also a loyal fan of Arsenal F.C and an all-round soccer fan.