The Raptors didn't appear on ESPN, ABC or TNT until the playoffs started, and Tuesday's game will be broadcast on NBA TV. After they lost home-court advantage, there will be fewer and fewer people projecting them to get to the second round.
Vasquez said the whole team took the loss personally, and guaranteed Toronto wouldn't be outworked going forward. He called the next game a must-win, and said the Raptors were confident enough to get it done. With the extra-long layoff between games, it felt as if they'd all have preferred to not have to wait another day to strike back on the court.
"To me, it's fun," Vasquez said. "I'm an underdog guy, so I've got to prove myself every day. I wake up with a 220,000-pound [chip] on my shoulder, so I've got to be able to find a way to walk and get to my job. It's fun when you face Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, Paul Pierce, KG. I mean, I grew up watching those guys, especially KG and Paul Pierce. Now I got a chance to beat 'em? To me, I can't ask for anything better than that."