#TeamToronto: Maple Leafs, Blue Jays wish Raptors luck ahead of playoffs


Toronto Raptors' Kyle Lowry celebrates a 3-point shot against the Orlando Magic. (John Raoux/AP)

With the Toronto Raptors set to tip off their 2018 post-season campaign as the Eastern Conference’s No. 1 seed after the most successful regular season in franchise history, Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan and Co. are getting some encouragement from their fellow Toronto pro sports peers Saturday.

The Toronto Maple Leafs sent some love their younger MLSE brother’s way, with the Raptors responding in kind wishing the Leafs all the best in Game 2 of their first round matchup with the Boston Bruins.

Both the Leafs and Raptors are using the hashtag “#TeamToronto,” an apparent acknowledgement of the unprecedented success Toronto sports has been enjoying.

The Toronto Blue Jays also took to Twitter to wish their NBA cousins all the best, although the hashtag that both MLSE teams were using wasn’t included. Instead, the Blue Jays put together a short video message with a little “HDMH” thrown in for good measure.

“Good luck in the playoffs,” Blue Jays right-hander Marcus Stroman said in the clip. “We’re behind you, we know y’all are gonna kill it, you guys are my favourite to win it all — you’re definitely gonna run through the East. You guys have our backing behind you, so go out there and do what you guys gotta do.”

In addition to the well wishes coming from the pro sports world, Toronto mayor John Tory — a former CFL commissioner no less — declared April 14, 2018 Toronto Raptors Day in the city and that the city’s “Toronto” sign would be lit up Raptors red.

There seems to be no shortage of support coming the Raptors’ way with the team facing its most anticipated post-season ever. Now it’s time for them to make good on all these positive vibes.

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