The Raptors wore their city edition jersey, had Drake sitting in his normal courtside seat as fans and players alike got their first taste of the NBA’s in-season tournament Friday night in a hotly contested and highly competitive game against the visiting Boston Celtics.
Fans watching on TV must have had flashbacks to the days of psychedelia as the black and gold colours on the court would change to different hues.
Certainly Drake felt he was in some kind of time warp when interviewed by TSN.
“I feel like the last time I was here was 1998 and they were wearing dinosaurs on the jerseys,” he said.
While the actual was quite entertaining, Jaylen Brown post-game was not complementary of the floor, saying the playing surface was too slippery.
“Tonight I thought the floor was kind of unacceptable,” said Brown, who led the Celtics with 23 points on 9-of-14 shooting.
The Raptors became the last team in the NBA to play in the league’s inaugural in-season tournament, which has drawn both criticism and applause.
Gaudy court designs have been the norm, but for those in attendance at Scotiabank Arena the aesthetics were more than appealing.
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The verdict from the comfort of home may have been different.
Brown clearly voiced his concern.
At the end of the night, his team won and no one was injured.