By the time the Raptors returned home on Wednesday night, their playoff may have been determined.

At least Toronto did its part, rebounding from a near-miss in Cleveland to knock off the host Celtics 99-90.

With the win, Toronto’s magic number to earn a post-season berth was reduced to one, official entry into the NBA’s playoffs a done deal if New York lost a late-night tip in Sacramento.

The playoffs haven’t been a part of the NBA scene in Toronto since 2006 and this group, while not necessary built for the post-season, has fight and, as long as Kyle Lowry can stand on his feet, they’ve got a chance to be competitive.

When Terrence Ross is being active and draining threes, offensive options open up, but defence is what separates teams in the playoffs.