No celebrations for Raptors after clinching division

Raptors centre Jonas Valanciunas hits the floor during Friday night's game against New York. (STAN...

Raptors centre Jonas Valanciunas hits the floor during Friday night's game against New York. (STAN BEHAL/Toronto Sun)

RYAN WOLSTAT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:06 AM ET

The shirts in the locker room read “The Atlantic is ours,” but it sure didn’t feel like it.

Not in the losing locker room after the Raptors fell to New York on Friday.

There was no raucous celebrating, even though Brooklyn’s loss to Atlanta gave Toronto its second division title ever, just as there was little celebrating in New York’s room, despite the win, because Atlanta’s victory meant the Knicks were a loss or another Hawks win from being eliminated.

Still, that doesn’t mean there wasn’t any pride from the Raptors at accomplishing something that at the start of the season seemed impossible.

DeMar DeRozan and Amir Johnson, the longest-serving Raptors, adamantly stated at the beginning of October that they were fed up with all of the losing and the playoffs weren’t just a goal, but rather a certainty.

In a quiet 1-on-1 moment, Johnson managed a wide smile and admitted it did indeed feel quite sweet to finally be division champs after so many years of


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