All-Star Weekend has come to a close in Toronto this year as it was very eventful. Karl Anthony-Towns, a big man, won the skills challenge this year and NBA fans may have regain hope in the dunk contest after a wire to wire battle between Aaron Gordon and Zach LaVine. The All-Star game was also full of surprises with circus shots and spectacular dunks a spectator would not see in a regular season game. All-Star Weekend gives the city of Toronto momentum for the second half of the season.
Currently before the All-Star break, the Toronto Raptors are first in the Atlantic division with a record of 35-17 and second in the Eastern Conference, three games behind the Cleveland Cavaliers. The basketball club has been revitalized with the great basketball of Kyle Lowry and DeMar Derozen. They have been to the NBA playoffs in the last two years. The franchise is turning around after rebuilding years between 2010-2013.
Drake, actor and musician from Toronto, is also a big help to the rebuilding of the Toronto franchise. Drake is constantly letting people know where he is from. He always gives praise to the “6” since he is also the global ambassador for the Raptors.
Toronto need their momentum from the first half of the season and from All-Star Weekend to carry over to the rest of the season. They have 30 games left and the next team behind them in third place are the Boston Celtics with a record of 32-23. The Raptors can hopefully have a better playoff postseason as well; they have been knocked out of the first round in the last two years. Will the “6 side” team prevail deep in the playoffs this year?