Toronto Raptors make history

    Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard takes a selfie holding his playoffs MVP trophy during the team's championship parade in Toronto on Monday. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press)

    Daniel Bartchouk for New Pathway – Ukrainian News.

    After the historic win of Game 6 against the Golden State Warriors, the Toronto Raptors—Canada’s only NBA team—have won the NBA Finals and become the 2019 Champions.

    The collective support leading up to the victory unified fans from all over the country and from the US. Jurassic Parks were created around the country—from Regina to Vancouver—to cheer on the Toronto team.

    Kawhi Leonard, the superstar player has been a major hand in this victory. That is to say, the man increases the overall output potential of each team player’s capabilities on the court.

    Murals of Leonard have sprouted across Toronto, expressing the love that the city—and the country—has for the player.

    His incredible ability to read the plays, interact with his teammates, and stay so deep-focused gives his performance a depth seen in the best of the best.

    Each player has a role to play—it seems Leonard’s presence and coach Nick Nurse’s impeccable direction and strategy have taken advantage of each player’s strengths and maximized their potential in working as a unified force to be reckoned with.

    It seems that for the Raptors, unlike many other teams in the NBA— there is no second best player.

    Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals showcased Kawhi with 35 points and a historical buzzer beater winning shot, in Game 6 Fred VanVleet banked seven 3-pointers and brought the team a lead with 12 points in the fourth quarter.

    In Game 1 of the Finals Pascal Siakam scored an astounding 32 points and led the Raptors to their first finals win.

    Kyle Lowry had a huge hand as a point guard and overall leader, with 26 points and 10 assists in their final game.

    Not to mention Marc Gasol taking a respective stand as tough defence, Serge Ibaka’s clutch blocks and hard dunks.

    The Raptors playing the finals is an event that has not happened in the 25 years of the team’s existence—and may not happen for another 25.

    Fans of all races and diversities gathered in Maple Leaf Square, and watched from homes all around the country to see the Toronto Raptors hunt for their first NBA title, and take it home.

    Canada came together to cheer on its only team, celebrate its victory as the new reigning champions of the NBA.

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