One of the many playoff scenarios that have been thrown about by several media members around the NBA has been the idea of abandoning the traditional format and adopting a 1-16 bracket regardless of conference affiliation. This would match the Grizzlies against the Toronto Raptors and I'm totally down for that.
The Grizzlies would get a chance to face-off against the defending NBA champions in a series that while difficult, might be a better matchup than the Los Angeles Lakers. The storylines would be great with both teams starting their franchises in Canada as expansion teams back in the 1995-96 season.
The matchup of former Grizz legendary center Marc Gasol vs Jonas Valanciunas would be intriguing as well as Pascal Siakam, who many view as a more polished Jaren Jackson Jr., matching up against the young Grizz star. Kyle Lowry has always played against his former Grizzlies team with a chip on his shoulder and a matchup with him and Ja Morant could be very fun.
What do I want to see more than anything? Yes, of course. I want to see the Grizzlies and Raptors go at it as many games as possible in their throwback uniforms with the Grizz rocking their teal Vancouver uniforms and the Raptors sporting their white "Big Dinosaur" uniforms that they have worn this season. The two teams had a game scheduled where both teams would wear these vintage uniforms that was canceled due to the league's suspension.
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