This was supposed to be the season where the Toronto Raptors provided a legitimate challenge to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference.
Masai Ujiri added a starting power forward at the trade deadline in Serge Ibaka and a much-needed gritty defender in P.J. Tucker. Still, despite the additions to a roster that went to the Eastern Conference Finals last season, Toronto was swept in the second round by Cleveland.
The sweep at the hands of Cleveland left a bitter taste for everyone in Toronto’s locker room.