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04/30/2014 03:27 EDT | Updated 05/31/2019 16:22 EDT

16 Reasons Why The Toronto Raptors Have Already Won The Playoffs

If you've been a die-hard Toronto Raptors fan for years (yes, through all those rough seasons), or you've just recently joined the bandwagon, there are plenty of reasons to be proud of this team this year.

From breaking franchise records to making fans incredibly rowdy all across the city, it's been an absolute pleasure to watch this young team play in 2014. With a record-high 48 wins (48-34) and a first-place position in the Atlantic division, the Raptors have even managed to bring the whole country together in a way that only the Olympics can — we are the only Canadian team in the NBA, by the way.

As the Raptors take on the Brooklyn Nets in their final few games (Game 5 happens tonight), we've jumped the gun and have already declared them winners.

Here are 16 reasons why the Toronto Raptors have truly already won the playoffs (and our hearts):

Just hold on, Toronto rapper Drake brought a lint roller to a playoff game.

  • From there followed an instant "No New Lint" movement
    From there followed an instant
    Instagram/champagnepapi
    No new lint, no no no
  • Soon, the people of the Internet actually made Raptor-themed lint rollers
    Soon, the people of the Internet actually made Raptor-themed lint rollers
    Twitter/RyanJHTurvey
  • And of course, Raptors fans practice lint rolling wherever they go
    And of course, Raptors fans practice lint rolling wherever they go
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    Like at a Game 4 playoff game in Brooklyn. What a guy.
  • No, we are serious about this lint
    No, we are serious about this lint
    Twitter/IkeaCanada
    Even IKEA is giving them out! (Note: from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. (or until they run out) IKEA will give out lint rollers on the north west corner of York Street and Bremner Blvd., and at the corner of Bay Street and Front Street on April 30)
  • Toronto has the best fans in the NBA (read: world)
    Toronto has the best fans in the NBA (read: world)
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    We may be used to a track record of losing sports teams, but when it comes down to it, we have some of the best sports fans in the NBA. We're loud, we're confident and the best part? We never give up. And according to basketball historian David Brown (who is super neutral), we also have a great sense of humour.
  • Also, can we mention we also have the BEST looking fans?
    Also, can we mention we also have the BEST looking fans?
    All that red and white and black!
  • We broke all kinds of records this year
    We broke all kinds of records this year
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    Just to name a few:
  • Most wins in 19 years (48 games)
  • Atlantic Division Champions since 06-07
  • First playoff series since 2008
  • Most rebounds in a game (Jonas Valanciunas)
  • All around awesomeness?
  • Our mascot is kind of the cutest
    Our mascot is kind of the cutest
    Twitter/TheRaptor
    Even after suffering an Achilles tendon injury in 2013, and sitting out/training most of the season, The Raptor came back in action in March. And might we add, he is the only living raptor left on this planet?
  • Honestly, look at him romancing fellow Canadian Rachel McAdams
    Honestly, look at him romancing fellow Canadian Rachel McAdams
    Twitter/TheRaptor
  • Drake is our other mascot
    Drake is our other mascot
    After joining the clan as the team's global ambassador, Drake has done his city proud: The "Drake Zone" was created, he made custom clothing for fans (and giveaways), and he is basically courtside at almost every home game.
  • The Raptors play like brothers
    The Raptors play like brothers
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    Since the Raptors traded Rudy Gay at the end of last year, the team in general (along with a new roster of faces after the trade), played better than ever. And if you're a die-hard fan, we know you get giddy watching the team bond in the locker room in their Blackberry Open Gym series.
  • Because the Superfan spends 300,000 dollars a year on tickets
    Because the Superfan spends 300,000  dollars a year on tickets
    Nav Bhatia, or Superfan, has been at Toronto Raptors games since 1995. In a candid interview with the New York Times, players even referred to him as Dad.
  • Because the Toronto Sun nailed these covers
    Because the Toronto Sun nailed these covers
    Twitter/Toronto Sun
  • Seriously, nailed it.
    Seriously, nailed it.
    Twitter/Toronto Sun
  • Because the franchise created a national #WeTheNorth hashtag
    Because the franchise created a national #WeTheNorth hashtag
  • Because we have several anthems
    Because we have several anthems
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    Along with the wild fans and rowdiness, several fans, including Toronto rapper Kardinal Offishall, all made their own Raptor anthems.
  • Because DeMar DeRozan has the best serious face
    Because DeMar DeRozan has the best serious face
    When DeMar DeRozan means business, he means business.
  • And also knows how to create Twitter-wide photo opps for fans
    And also knows how to create Twitter-wide photo opps for fans
    Twitter/Nike13TRJC 
  • Because after our GM dropped the F-bomb...
    Because after our GM dropped the F-bomb...
    Twitter/Teddy Bannerman
    ... fans went ahead and made apparel out of it. And if you missed the $25,000 fined f-bomb, here it is.
  • And finally, the RaptorsMeme Instagram account is as informal as it is entertaining)
    And finally, the RaptorsMeme Instagram account is as informal as it is entertaining)
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