Who says you can't have home-court advantage at a neutral location?
While the Walt Disney World resort is over 2,000 kilometres away from Scotiabank Arena, the Toronto Raptors did all they could to make their players feel at home.
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After an unforgettable rendition of O Canada by Jessie Reyez, the Raptors took a note from the Phoenix Suns with the player introductions.
Toronto's starting five was introduced by family members that they haven't been able to see while in the NBA bubble, adding a heartwarming touch to the postseason opener.
Family first. #WeTheNorth- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) August 17, 2020
Inspired by our homies @Suns pic.twitter.com/RLivNiVctG
As evidenced by the reactions from the players, it was a welcomed surprise. How could you not appreciate an appearance from the young VanVleets or Kameron and Karter Lowry introducing "Kyle L-L-L Lowry?"
The warmth and lightheartedness of the intro seemed to be just what the Raptors needed as they got out to a great start against the Brooklyn Nets, building a 22-point lead by the end of the first half.
This might not be the last family introduction we see.
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