The Toronto Raptors-Brooklyn Nets playoff series may be the most heated and intriguing opening round bracket in all of the NBA, with the feud between the franchises even spilling into the headlines of the local newspapers.
Verbal shots have been fired from all areas including Toronto GM Masai Ujiri, veterans of the Brooklyn Nets and especially the local tabloid newspapers.
The rivalry began as the Nets seemed happy with their seeding that would see them face the Raptors in the post season, Brooklyn began to almost 'tank' in order to remain as the 6th seed in the Eastern Conference and ensure a matchup with Toronto.
The Raptors took the attitude "be careful what you wish for" in preparation for their playoff clash and since the ending of the regular season, a lingering sense of loathing has emanated over the series in which each franchise was about to embark upon.
The 'newspaper war' began on the 19th of April when the 'Toronto Sun' registered the first shot with the publication entitled: "Raptors vs. Dinosaurs", check it out here.
General Manager of the Raptors Masai Ujiri made an ill-advised profanity induced rant in which he memorably said: "F**k Brooklyn", well after the Nets stole game one of the series in Toronto, the headline of the Daily News read: "Don't f**k with B'klyn", you can see it here.
The most recent addition to the feud is the Toronto Sun's response after the Raptors levelled the series at 1-1 on Wednesday, the headline inspired by an old Shaquille O'Neal rap lyric: "Jurraskick Park", have a look here.
We all hope this series goes seven games so that we can continue to watch the feud unfold with brilliant headlines like the ones we have seen.