Raptors clinch playoff spot

With the Leafs' playoff dreams sadly slipping away, it's time Toronto turn its attention to the city's better team: the Raptors. After Sunday's 107-94 win over the Charlotte Bobcats, the Raps clinched a playoff birth, their first in five years. Even if they're playing in arguably the worst division in the history of sports, Chris Bosh and Co. deserve some credit. They're sitting atop the Atlantic Division, are dominating their recent opponents in rebounding and have overcome, even thrived, during their recent spate of injuries (Andrea Bargnani's appendicitis, Jorge Garbajosa's ankle).

The team is enjoying a three game win streak, highlighted by Morris Peterson's incredible three pointer at the buzzer Friday night (above). The victory over the Bobcats marked the Raptors' 27th at the Air Canada Centre, tying a franchise high and pushing their record to 41-32. With nine games remaining, the team will likely clinch the division title as the magic number has dwindled down to three.

Their season ends on April 18th and if the Raps maintain their place as third best in the Eastern Conference, they get home court advantage and likely face either the Washington Wizards or Miami Heat. Anything can happen during the playoffs, but if the Raptors continue with their current level of play, they'll certainly have momentum on their side. Let's go Raptors!


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