The Raptors are swimming in familiar water as they prepare for Game 7 of their NBA Eastern Conference semifinal against the Philadelphia 76ers.
A team made up of seasoned veterans like 33-year-old Kyle Lowry, 34-year-old Marc Gasol, 31-year-old Danny Green and Kawhi Leonard, a nine-year veteran at 27 years old, should be unfazed by the magnitude of the moment.
Green and Leonard have won NBA titles, Gasol is a two-time Olympic silver medallist and Lowry has been a conference final just three seasons ago.
Gasol may have downplayed the significance of Game 7 experience – “I think it’s more with character and the way you are built,” he said – but it could be a factor against the relatively young 76ers.
Toronto is 2-1 in Game 7s at home, winning over Indiana and Miami in the first two rounds of the 2016 playoffs and losing to Brooklyn in the first round in 2016.
It’s also the second time they’ve faced Philadelphia in similar circumstances, the Sixers beat the Raptors in Philadelphia in 2001.