Home Sports Basketball Raptors earn admiration at the end of longest, most disrespected title defense SportsBasketball Raptors earn admiration at the end of longest, most disrespected title defense September 12, 2020 6 Facebook Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp The Toronto Raptors tried to tell everybody but were much more effective in showing us. The longest and most disrespected title defense in NBA history ended Friday, a series of regretful shots and lamentable errors dooming them in the final minute of a very winnable Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals. But what they showed in defeat to the Boston Celtics — and during a season in which they made detractors respectfully refer to them as defending champion — is to never underestimate the heart of mid-to-late first-rounders, second-round picks and undrafted free agents. Champions come and go. Those with an eternal point to prove won’t let you escape; they make you deal with them. Not many entered this season expecting the Raptors’ run to end in the same place where you-know-who hit the greatest shot in franchise history. Not after he secured the Larry O’B and took his Finals MVP trophy back… READ NEWS SOURCE RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Sixers pursuing Mike D'Antoni with goal of luring James Harden? The Miami Heat’s Bam Adebayo Is ‘Built Different’ Larry Bird: Career retrospective Winning a title for LeBron Enterprises, LLC Lee: How Tyler Herro’s swag and Miami’s hero-by-committee offense resulted in history Jayson Tatum takes blame for scoreless first half in Celtics' loss: 'I wasn't aggressive enough' Bubble Notes: Jimmy Butler and Tyler Herro as Celtics? Zoning in on Lakers-Nuggets Outworked. Out-maneuvered. Out-executed. That’s what’s happening to the Celtics The Celtics were doomed at the start in Game 4. Now it gets so much harder ‘The little guy had 37.’ Why the Heat’s Tyler Herro is not a rookie anymore ‘Tenemos que sacrificarnos’: México quiere seguir jugando baloncesto Tyler Herro joins exclusive company with monster Game 4 LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Please enter your comment! Please enter your name here You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.