Toronto all in on Raptors ahead of first appearance in NBA Finals

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Published on May 31, 2019 - Duration: 01:33s

Toronto all in on Raptors ahead of first appearance in NBA Finals

City of Toronto covered in red and black as Raptors make first appearance in NBA Finals

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Toronto all in on Raptors ahead of first appearance in NBA Finals

SHOWS: TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA (MAY 30, 2019)(REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1.

MURAL OF RAPTORS PLAYER KAWHI LEONARD WITH 'KING OF THE NORTH' NEXT TO IT ON SIDE OF BUILDING 2.

FANS WEARING RAPTORS JERSEYS TAKING PHOTOS OF MURAL 3.

CLOSEUP OF LEONARD MURAL 4.

FAN WEARING RAPTORS SHIRT 5.

EXTERIOR OF SHOP 'OD TORONTO' WITH MURAL OF VARIOUS RAPTORS PLAYERS 6.

INTERIOR OF 'OD TORONTO' SHOP 7.

VARIOUS OF LIFE SIZE POSTERS OF LEONARD AND MILWAUKEE BUCKS PLAYER GIANNIS ANTETOKUONMPO IN 'OD TORONTO' SHOP 8.

SIGN FOR 'KA'WINE & DINE' RESTAURANT THAT SAYS 'KAWHI EATS FREE HERE' 9.

EXTERIOR OF 'WHAT A BAGEL' SHOP SELLING BAGELS IN RAPTORS TEAM COLORS - BLACK, RED, AND WHITE 10.

VARIOUS OF WORKER PREPARING RAPTORS BAGELS 11.

RAPTORS BAGEL WITH CREAM CHEESE BEING SERVED STORY: The city of Toronto was draped in Raptors red and black as the team prepared to make it's first ever appearance in the NBA Finals Thursday (May 30) night.

Certainly Raptors fans were all in on "King of the North" Kawhi Leonard as the soon to be free agent's likeness can be found all over the city.

The trade for Leonard last July was an emotional one as the Raptors had to part with DeMar DeRozan, one of the team's most popular players of all-time, to acquire the two-times defensive player of the year from San Antonio.

While Leonard is one of the game's best players, he arrived in Toronto after an injury-hit season and with one year remaining on his contract, meaning the former NBA Finals Most Valuable Player could leave as a free agent this off-season.

Leonard has since carried Toronto to the Finals and along the way delivered the signature moment in Raptors history with a buzzer-beating shot that bounced off the rim four times before dropping in to send his team the Eastern Conference final.

The Raptors went on to beat the top-seeded Milwaukee Bucks and on Thursday begin their quest to become the first team since the 2006 Miami Heat to win the NBA Finals in their first appearance in the championship round.

Toronto will host the first two games of the best-of-seven Finals and the team's hopes of toppling the juggernaut Golden State Warriors will fall squarely on the shoulders of Leonard, who is perhaps the league's best two-way player.

(Production: David Grip)

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