Maybe people just can’t resist rooting for a good underdog story? Maybe basketball fans south of the border are getting tired of seeing the same team dominate? Or maybe, just maybe, they truly want their neighbours to complete the most exciting postseason run in franchise history.
Either way, based on Twitter metrics at least, it appears the Toronto Raptors’ bandwagon will be enormous heading into the NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors, which begin Thursday night at Scotiabank Arena.
The gambling site BetOnline recently published a map that displayed each state’s rooting interest based on geotagged data on Twitter. Essentially, it’s a visual representation of where fan hashtags such as #DubNation for the Warriors were used more often than #WeTheNorth for the Raptors, and vice-versa.
— SFGate (@SFGate) May 28, 2019
That’s about as much red as you’d see in a Quentin Tarantino movie!
With the exception of Nevada, Hawaii and California (for obvious reasons), Jurassic Park has virtually spread across all of North America.
Even Florida, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin would rather see a Raptors championship than a fourth Warriors title in five years despite the fact Kawhi Leonard and Co. knocked off the Orlando Magic, Philadelphia 76ers and Milwaukee Bucks to get to this point.
And with that in mind, maybe this is just a Golden State fatigue thing after all.
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