The Raptors will advance to the NBA Finals for the first time in franchise history, but beating their next opponent will be a daunting task. The 3x Champions and back-to-back Champions are playing at an astounding level despite their hobbled state, and in what could be their last season together — their determination might be higher than it has ever been.
To say it will be a challenge taking them down might be the biggest understatement of the year.
But for Charles Barkley, he has no doubt the Raptors will prove victorious in the end. He made the bold prediction live on Inside the NBA, and he probably isn’t alone in that line of thinking.
If Kawhi continues his current pace, Toronto certainly has a shot. He is playing at a level very few ever reach.
The key for the Raptors, however, lies in what the other guys can do. If Kyle Lowry, Danny Green, Marc Gasol, and their bench players step up, it will give them their best chance to beat what is probably the greatest team of all-time.
Of course, there is also the matter of Kawhi’s looming free agency, but perhaps that is a question for another day.