If we won the East without beating Toronto, it would still feel great, but there would always be that question of "well, could they have beaten Toronto?"
I know I for sure wouldn't.
Do you think the Warriors wonder could they have beaten a Cleveland team with Love and Irving in '15? Or a San Antonio team with a healthy Kawhi in '17? Or Houston with a healthy Paul in '18?
Duncan, Pop, and all the Spurs fans aren't wondering if they could have gotten past the 67 win Mavs in '07.
I bet Hakeem's not sitting home wondering if he could have beaten Jordan in '94 and '95.
And I'm pretty sure the older Boston fans don't wonder if the '81 team could have beaten a real contender in the Finals instead of the 40-42 Rockets.
People just accept it and move on. Them the breaks. Tough luck for them, good luck for us. Ish happens. No need to wish for the hardest path to prove something.