Dwane Casey and the Raptors are finally going to the playoffs. Casey, who coached one and a half years in Minnesota and has been with Toronto since the beginning of the lockout-shortened 2011-12 season, is taking his first team to the postseason as a head coach. In 2011, he was the assistant coach for the NBA champion Dallas Mavericks, so he does know how to make a title-winning team. In his time with the Raptors, he has vastly improved the team’s offense, and you can see this team thrive on the court in 2014.
The Raptors may have the highest playoff premiums among 2014 NBA teams, but the price of the tickets is worth it to see the Raptors’ first postseason appearance since 2008. The average first-round ticket price is $370.62, which is 242.50 percent more than the regular-season price of $108.21. There are 2,261 Raptors playoff tickets available on the secondary market for the first round at the Air Canada Centre.
For just the second time in franchise history, the Raptors have won the Atlantic Division. Surprisingly, they accomplished this with the early-season trade of Rudy Gay. The team performed very poorly with him in the lineup this season. They started 6-12 before sending Gay to the Sacramento Kings. The Raptors have been one of the biggest surprises in the league, as they skyrocketed up the Eastern Conference standings.
The 3-point shot has been an x-factor for Toronto, as the team had one of its best seasons in history. When making more 3-pointers than their opponent this season, the Raptors have a great record. However, if they do not accomplish that feat in the playoffs, it will be difficult for Casey’s squad to win. Terrence Ross has been one of the best 3-point shooters in the league this season. In addition, Patrick Patterson, Kyle Lowry and Greivis Vasquez have also contributed from beyond the arc.
Both Lowry and Vasquez have been strong at the point guard position for a Raptors team that creates offense better than most. Jonas Valanciunas helps them by being a capable center. His rebounding percentages are among the best in the league. In addition, Amir Johnson is extremely helpful in the frontcourt. His effective field-goal percentage is near the top of the NBA. Let us also not forget about DeMar DeRozan, who leads Toronto in scoring.