Tidal League Hosts Jurassic Park Viewing for NBA Finals in Halifax - a Fan’s Perspective
After defeating the Orlando Magic, Philadelphia 76ers, and the Milwaukee Bucks, the Toronto Raptors are a part of the NBA Finals for the first time in franchise history. By accomplishing this milestone, it marks the first time that the Finals will be played on international soil. Their opponent - 3x Champion, Golden State Warriors have been to the Finals five straight seasons. The Warriors are made up of Hall of Fame players with extremely high basketball IQs in Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green etc. Beating the Warriors in a best of seven series will be no easy feat for the Raptors.
The Toronto Raptors saw a playoff career-best 32-point performance from Cameroonian Pascal Siakam who recorded a team-high 32 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists, and 2 blocks. As a Most Improved Player candidate (MIP), Siakam’s size, speed, and athleticism makes him a special type of talent. Kawhi Leonard had 23 points, 8 rebounds, and 5 assists despite being defended aggressively. Marc Gasol had his shot falling from deep and in the post. The Center from Spain finished with 20 points, 7 rebounds, and 2 steals. Toronto protected home court as the Raptors took care of business during Game 1 with an impressive, 118-109 victory over the defending Champions.
Anyone and everyone who follows the Toronto Raptors knows about Jurassic Park. No, not Jurassic Park the movie but where fans show their support by gathering outside the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto during Home and Away games to cheer on the Raptors on the outdoor big screen. With that in mind, Tidal League decided to host their own version of a Jurassic Park – styled block party downtown. The event was held at Rogers Square and featured DJJO, Garrison Brewing Co., and East Coast Lifestyle clothing giveaways. Rogers Square is an urban centrepiece located in the heart of downtown Halifax. The turnout was incredible as hundreds, many wearing Raptors themed outerwear, gathered to watch Game one on the three double-sided screens. As a fan in attendance, I can honestly say that the experience was breath-taking and a moment that will never be forgotten.
The Toronto Raptors are a unique team because they’re the only NBA team representing Canada. Toronto is Canada’s team and fans have waited a long time for this moment. 24 years since the team was founded in the 1995 expansion to be exact. That being said, the 2019 Toronto Raptors have united an entire country as they make history before our very eyes.
Game two of the NBA Finals between the Toronto Raptors and the Golden State Warriors will resume on Sunday, June 2nd at 9pm. Tidal League is expected to host every game throughout the Raptors journey toward the Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy.
Halifax, let’s make this turnout larger than the first one!