all the numbers point to the Raptors being a legit championship contender. there is no doubt about it.
the doubt is in Lowry and DeMar in the playoffs having sustained success. We have not seen that yet. Others are right to doubt our team until those 2 show they can take their games not just to the same level as the regular season, but a higher level. Thats what it takes to win a championship. Your best players have to win games for you. We have a deep roster but it will still come down to that at some point, late in games.
I do expect to finally devastate a team in the 1st round. I think that should be our expectation. We are better, deeper, more experienced than any team we can face in the 1st round. If we struggle there, it will be a hard road to the finals thru LeBron or even Boston.
Here's my problem with doubt of Lowry/DDR even though some of it is legitimate:
Have they not improved in almost every way imaginable?
Past struggles, was it all their fault? If so, why the style change?
Past struggles, was it all the coach's fault? If so, why keep him?
Past struggles, was it all on the role players? If so, why change the style?
Say what you will but this is not the same team nor same players nor same coaches nor same style. Masai, Casey&staff, Lowry, DDR have turned this thing upside down. There's no knowing what will happen, better teams and organizations and coaches have failed before but denying the progress and work and dedication of the organization overall and resorting to throwing old doubts at star players is lazy, superficial and boring.