Playoff-bound Raptors shouldn't look too far ahead

Raptor Amir Johnson guards against the Thunder's Kevin Durant on March 22, 2014 at the ACC. (Jack...

Raptor Amir Johnson guards against the Thunder's Kevin Durant on March 22, 2014 at the ACC. (Jack Boland/Toronto Sun/QMI Agency)

FRANK ZICARELLI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:36 AM ET

A day after his game-winning basket clinched the Raptors a post-season berth, Amir Johnson began to realize just how far the team has come and how far it needs to go.

This group is by no means a finished product and there’s no telling where they’ll end up when the regular season draws to its conclusion, so there’s no sense in projecting possible dance partners in what amounts to an exercise in stupidity.

The goal, at this point, is to somehow have homecourt advantage, even if Toronto’s ultimate playoff opponent happens to be the grind-it-out Bulls or the experienced Nets.

In an ideal world, the Raptors get matched up against Washington and will gladly take their chances of finding ways to stop John Wall and figuring out schemes to combat Wizards bigs.

With 10 games remaining in the regular season, beginning with Sunday’s tip in Orlando, the Raptors have control of their destiny.

Of their remaining games, seven are against sub-.500 teams.


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