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PAOerfulone said:
hatmoza said:

That's a shocking win. Honestly did not see that coming.

I'm conflicted. I don't want the raptors to win because I have zero respect for them after their mental collapse against Lebron James last year. And I don't care for the Warriors getting a 3-peat.

This Raptors team is very different from the one last year.

Different coach, different role players, and more importanly, a different star player.
Nick Nurse is a strong candidate for Coach of the Year.
Marc Gasol is an upgrade from Jonas Valanciunas, Danny Green is a solid 2-way player with championship experience, and they went from their best player being Demar Derozan, who was a top 20, maybe top 15 player, to their best player being Kawhi Leonard, who you can make a very good case for being the best player on the planet. 

I'd go as far as to say that if LeBron James was still in the East, playing for the Cavs, the Raptors, with the changes and upgrades they clearly made, would have still made it to the NBA Finals.

This version of the Raptors would easily beat the James Cavs from last year.