On Sunday, the Toronto Raptors clinched a spot in the NBA Play-In Tournament with a comfortable 128-108 win over the Charlotte Hornets.
The win put them in ninth place in the Eastern Conference, and since they have the same 39–39 record as the eighth-place Atlanta Hawks, they have a chance to move up in the standings in the coming days.
This would give Toronto a chance to make the playoffs for the ninth time in the last 10 seasons.
Fans on Twitter were ecstatic, wishing the team a move up to a higher seed.
The Raptors are sure to make the playoffs, no team wants them in the playoffs.. possibly one of the best 7/8 seed team ever!! His record doesn’t do justice to his potential
– Web TV (@webtvstreaming_) April 3, 2023
They went to take the 8th seed..!!
— T_Lipp (@Tony_Lippett14) April 3, 2023
However, these fans don’t think the Raptors will go anywhere if they win the play-in tournament.
Bouncing in Round 1 🔥
— Goat (@GoatGooat) April 3, 2023
and first round exit
— ً (@_nuh_uh) April 3, 2023
One might think that since the Raptors only have a .500 record, they are not a good team.
However, don’t let that record fool you.
He has a good amount of talent for a team whose record is average, not to mention a lot of length.
Their best player is 6-foot-9 Pascal Siakam, who came into Sunday averaging a career-high 24.1 points per game, and earned his second All-Star nod this season.
Point guard Fred VanVleet has continued to put up strong numbers this year with 19.7 points and 7.0 assists per game, while two-way wing Ozzie Enunobi has had another strong season.
The Raptors also have high hopes for second-year forward Scottie Barnes, who averaged 15.7 points, 6.9 rebounds and 4.9 assists coming into the game against the Hornets.
They probably won’t stand a chance against the Milwaukee Bucks or the Boston Celtics in the first round of the playoffs, but they could work the contenders away from them.
Nick Nurse commented on the status of his future after the season