2020 Playoffs: First Round | Raptors vs. Nets

Raptors announced by families in player intro video

After the Phoenix Suns sent feel-good waves through the league, the Toronto Raptors decided to follow suit.

Toronto players were treated to a special player introduction video before Monday’s Game 1 against Brooklyn, which featured family members announcing their names before tipoff.

The 16 teams’ worth of NBA players and personnel in the 2020 playoffs have spent roughly one month in Orlando without seeing their respective families. The Suns were the first team to incorporate an intro video featuring spouses, siblings and children.

The Raptors, who surprised their players with pictures of family members already waiting in their hotel rooms when they arrived, were quick to inject another familial element as they seek to repeat as NBA champions.

It seemed to work, as Toronto jumped out to an early lead before winning Game 1, 134-110.