The Toronto Raptors are known to have some of the loudest home playoff crowds in the NBA, but coach Dwane Casey is hoping they can match the intensity of what he witnessed in Milwaukee on Saturday.
"(Game 4) was a hostile environment and I hope our fans are the same way against them that their fans were against us," Casey said Sunday, according to TSN's Josh Lewenberg. "We have a great crowd too but that crowd was hot. Hopefully our crowd will come out Monday night and be the same way, which I know they will."
The Raptors won Game 4 at the BMO Harris Bradley Center in the face of a raucous crowd that began chanting "Bucks in six" after Toronto's 87-76 victory. The atmosphere through two games in Milwaukee has been somewhat surprising, given that the Bucks ranked 27th in league attendance this season. Toronto, by contrast, was third.
While there has been a sense that the Toronto Maple Leafs' presence in the NHL playoffs has removed some casual fans from the Raptors' postseason bandwagon, Toronto basketball fans have a reputation around the NBA as some of the most passionate in the game.