Raptors playoff opener an embarrassment for team and Toronto

The Raptors during a timeout in Game 1 of their NBA playoff series against the Brooklyn Nets on...

The Raptors during a timeout in Game 1 of their NBA playoff series against the Brooklyn Nets on April 19. (VERONICA HENRI/QMI Agency)

Steve Buffery, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:36 PM ET

THE RAPTORS DURING A TIMEOUT IN GAME 1 OF THEIR PLAYOFF SERIES AGAINST THE BROOKLYN NETS ON APRIL 19. (VERONICA HENRI, TORONTO SUN) - Could Saturday’s NBA playoff opener at the Air Canada Centre be any more of an embarrassment for the Raptors and the City of Toronto?

The only thing missing was Rob Ford juggling plates at halftime and then falling on to a coffee table.

In a drunken stupor, of course.

And the funny thing is, the least embarrassing part of the game was the Raptors losing to the Brooklyn Nets, 94-87.

At least the young Raptors team played hard and gave it their best shot.

Well, most of them. A search party is still attempting to locate DeMar DeRozan.

Raptors supporters often grumble that not enough Toronto games are broadcast on American network television.

And so it finally happens on Saturday and the game turns into a s--t show, starting with that cute “F--k Brooklyn” comment made pre-game by Toronto GM Masai Ujiri in Maple Leaf Square.

Ujiri apologized later for the remark, sort of.

“Wrong choice of words out there,” the GM said.


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