The Toronto Raptors are no strangers to being snubbed on Christmas Day. The only team based outside of the United States hasn’t played a game on the 25th since 2001 when they faced the New York Knicks, and their co-franchise players can’t understand it anymore. “It has gotten to the point where you just sigh and say, ‘Another year…’ That’s crazy,” DeMar DeRozan said to Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated. “I always wanted to say that I’m playing on Christmas.” The Raptors (22-8) have won 11 of their past 12 games, have lost the fewest games of anyone in the Eastern Conference, and trail the Boston Celtics for first place because they’ve played five less games. This is no fluke either. The Raptors have a 204-124 (.622) record over the past four seasons and contrary to seasons past, are playing a much more exciting brand of basketball that is predicated on ball movement and three-point shooting.
Raptors’ Lowry, DeRozan say they’re growing tired of Christmas snub
Sportsnet | Dec 22