History will be made tonight at the Scotiabank Arena when the Toronto Raptors hosted the first NBA Finals game ever played outside of the United States.
The Eastern Conference champions were to face the two-time defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors in Game 1 of the first truly international championship series.
Born in 1994 and having lived a checkered existence since then with as many downs as ups, the Raptors have been met with a wave of support. Fans began lining up at 3 a.m. today, according to team officials, to get into the outdoor Jurassic Park fan area that will not open until 7 p.m.
The Warriors created the only basketball news of the day, saying that injured centre DeMarcus Cousins, who has been out since late April, was available to play in Game 1. The Raptors listed forward OG Anunoby as “questionable” for the game as he recovers from a late-April emergency appendectomy.
Game 2 in the series is in Toronto on Sunday at 8 p.m.