Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Raptors and Leafs Playoff Games Highlight Toronto's Super Saturday

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Raptors and Leafs Playoff Games Highlight Toronto's Super Saturday

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Raptors, Leafs highlight super Saturday


TORONTO - When Nick Nurse sat down at his post-practice media availability on Friday, a reporter remarked "Nice hat."

The Raptors coach was wearing a Toronto Maple Leafs cap, a gift he said was from his Leafs counterpart Mike Babcock.

"Mike left me a little bit of Leafs swag in my office the other night and wished me luck in the playoffs so I thought I would rep them today," Nurse said.

The two will be cheering one another as a super Saturday hits Toronto sports. The Raptors tip off the playoffs when they host the Orlando Magic. Then the Leafs hit the ice in Boston to play Game 2 of their series on a day that also features Blue Jays and Toronto FC games -- the baseball team is home to 2018 Cy Young winner Blake Snell and the Tampa Bay Rays, while the soccer squad is in Seattle for a rematch of the 2016 and '17 MLS Cups.

Nurse said he watched the Leafs' 4-1 victory in Game 1 on Thursday.

"I thought they were great last night," the coach said.

Babcock was asked in Boston if he had a message for the Raptors.

"Good luck," the coach said. "Good luck, play hard, have fun."

Saturday marks the first time the four Toronto teams have all played on the same day since April 25 of 2018.

That night, the Leafs lost Game 7 of a first-round series in Boston, the Raptors won Game 5 of a first-round series against the visiting Washington Wizards, TFC lost in penalties on the road in the CONCACAF Champions League final against Chivas Guadalajara, and the Blue Jays lost to the Boston Red Sox at the Rogers Centre.

"When one or two teams in the city are picking up the slack and (having) success, I think it gives the rest of the major organizations in the city something. It adds to the experience for all of them," Blue Jays reliever Joe Biagini said Friday before his team's game against Tampa Bay. …

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