The Toronto Raptors have made the playoffs in each of the past two seasons but have been eliminated in the first round both times.
"It's cool to make the playoffs," Kyle Lowry said. "It's not cool to lose in the first round anymore. The goal is to make the Finals."
The Raptors lost to the Brooklyn Nets in seven games in 2014 and were swept by the Washington Wizards last season.
Toronto is eager to prove their guard-heavy style of basketball can win in the postseason.