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The unexpected success of the long-suffering Toronto Raptors this season has instilled a rare bout of optimism on a team that is suddenly turning heads. Long considered a National Basketball Association doormat, the Raptors were not on anyone's radar when the season began five months ago but have now clinched their first playoff berth in six years and look anything but complacent. Wednesday's game showed how the Raptors were able to dig deep even while playing without two of their most important players.Since the December trade of Rudy Gay, who led the team in scoring last season, the Raptors have looked like a totally different squad than the one fans had grown accustomed to in recent years.Still, despite overachieving as one of the season's biggest surprises, the Raptors are talking like a team with plenty left to prove over the final seven games of the regular season.
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