PBT Extra: Is Toronto for real? Test against Cavaliers first step to finding out


The Toronto Raptors have the fourth best record in the NBA and the third-best point differential — better than any other team in the East. They are top five in the NBA in both offense and defense.

But are they for real?

Things feel different — Toronto is moving the ball and relying less on isolation, taking more threes and fewer midrange jumpers. DeMar DeRozan has been a stud. They are defending better than any Toronto team in recent memory. This may be the best Raptors team ever.

But can they beat Boston in a seven-game series? Cleveland?

I get into all of that in this PBT Extra, but the Raptors can start to answer that question Thursday night on national television when they take on Cleveland. The real test starts mid-April.