The Raptors’ season after has been another season to remember
|Toronto Star 13 Aug 2020 at 19:50|
It feels like about 130 years ago, that Tuesday night in October when they raised a banner to the Scotiabank Arena rafters and the Raptors got their gargantuan rings in a memory-filled celebration of a championship season.
They will put a lid on the longest, weirdest season in franchise history Friday afternoon on the NBA’s 22-team campus in Orlando when Toronto faces the Denver Nuggets. It has been a wild ride since that opening-night overtime victory over New Orleans and many a thing happened.
A global pandemic and a constant reminder of the social injustices of our times have rightfully clouded the memories of Raptors fans. So here is a reminder of a few things that happened, good and bad, since the season began back in olden times.
Toronto wouldn’t lose again until Feb. 10 in Brooklyn, the day before the all-star break began. The 15 straight wins they rattled off was the longest winning streak in franchise history and the high-water mark of the season.
“They play with a sense of urgency and have a great identity about them,” said Minnesota coach Ryan Saunders, whose team was the 15th opponent in the streak.
They may have beaten the Pelicans 122-104 that Friday night in November but it started a parade to the injured list that lasted the entire season. Toronto lost both Kyle Lowry and Serge Ibaka to injuries in the game that began a five-game road trip.
Remember? Noon, Dec. 25, so much anticipation,, so much let down as Boston drubbed Toronto, 118-102, and air went out of the celebration about the middle of the second quarter.
“We were a little out of it,” Nick Nurse said.
The Raptors won 112-110 in Charlotte on Jan. 8 and Davis made the first start of his career, scoring 23 points and adding 11 rebounds. “I can play a little bit,” Davis said.