After the massive success of Monday’s “Jurassic Park” on Peel Street, it’s happening again tonight! Peel and Crescent Streets will be closed once again for a Raptors vs. Warriors viewing party.
This year’s NBA playoffs have brought Canadians together across the country in support for the Toronto Raptors, who now have a shot at winning Canada its first-ever NBA championship title. Raptors games these playoffs have exuded an enormous sense of national pride. Stars such as Drake and Shawn Mendes have been spotted at the home games; Sarah McLachlan is set to sing the Canadian anthem before tonight’s game in Oakland, California; and hashtag #WeTheNorth has been all over social media this past week.
This year’s historic NBA playoffs have seen the Raptors climb all the way to the finals for the first time ever. Tonight, they will attempt to win the first title in their history as a team. Their opponents, the Golden State Warriors, have won six NBA championships, including three in the past four seasons.
Similar to NHL hockey, NBA basketball playoffs are a best-of-seven format where the first team to accumulate four wins is crowned champion. Tonight is game six, and the Raptors have a 3-2 lead in the series. If they win tonight, they’ll take the NBA championship home to Canada for the first time ever. If they lose, game 7 will be held Sunday at Toronto’s Scotiabank Arena.