Canada’s NBA royalty, the Toronto Raptors lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers last night, despite home ground advantage. The match was held at the Air Canada Centre and had a final score of 113-112.
Fans were left highly disappointed as the Raptors held the lead till the last ten minutes of the match. Commentators and critics attributed the loss to several missed chances by DeRozan and team, while Lebron and squad made great runs in the final quarter.
As the Eastern Conference top-ranked side, the Raptors were nicely positioned to win according to sports fanatics and odd makers! The home team even had the benefit of a few rest days over the Cavaliers. Sadly, the bad defence and missed chances cost the Raptors the game.
While the odds of the Toronto Raptors winning the season have been slim, this loss has pushed the team’s odds further. Current odds of a Canadian victory are +850, behind Philadelphia 76ers, Golden State Warriors and the Houston Rockets.
Toronto Raptors Game 1 More than Basketball
Prior to the game, DeMar DeRozan kick-started a dialogue on mental health by tweeting – “this depression get the best of me”. Since the tweet, he has spoken about the state of his mental health, a topic that so many sports stars keep hidden.
DeRozan said: “when we get to speak out against something that’s bigger than basketball – something outside of the conversation of basketball – its important man.” He added “a lot of people suffer from a lot of things. They’re afraid to share; they’re afraid to bring to the light and be better.”
DeRozan’s admission has since received support and praise from his peers. In fact, Cavaliers head coach, Tyronn Lue said: “no matter if you’re a professional athlete, where they feel like we’re invincible or we don’t have problems and things of that nature, I think it sheds light on that, that we’re human just like everyone else.”
The Toronto Raptors play Game 2 this Thursday and have released a slew of tweets confirming that they are ready; “we’re going to come out and be a better us.” Place your bets on the team at our top-ranked sports betting sites for Canadians.