The Raptors finish their home schedule tonight, so let's just call this one the funeral post, a eulogy that recounts the season's Five Top Nights and Nightmares:
Nightmare 5: Kobe Bryant drops 81 on the Raptors.
|Kobe Bryant: A Night(mare) to remember.|
Nightmare 4: After looking like they were climbing out of a dreadfully deep hole, their midseason western road trip runs aground in Portland, when no one knows what to do at the end and they lose a very winnable game 96-94. Of all the close, clueless losses, this is the one I recall most easily (four days later, Kobe goes off in Nightmare 5 and within days, GM Rob Babcock is canned).
Nightmare 3: Vince Carter throws a dagger into the ACC night. Anytime VC comes back there's a sense of injustice in the house, but this was particularly so, and those RaptorsHQ guys really hit it on the head as they were hit on the head.
Nightmare 2: Maccabi Tel Aviv come in for a preseason game, and go out with a victory. Widespread ridicule ensues, including a mocking spot on the Colbert Report (that I haven't been able to find, unfortunately, but if anyone has the link, send it along).
Nightmare 1: Wrapping up a 1-15 November with a 26-point home loss to Memphis. Gaspipe night at the ACC.
Now for the happier stuff:
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|Bryan Colangelo: New face in town.|
Night to Remember 5: Morris Peterson hits
the game-winning shot a big shot as the Raptors win stirringly lose another last-second braincramper, this one to the Cavaliers. Still, a good night during his best pro season for MoPete.
Night to Remember 4: Charlie Villanueva drops 48 on the Bucks. For all the barbs Rob Babcock took, taking Charlie V was his one shining moment.
Night to Remember 3: Chris Bosh and Mike James take New York. Even if James is on his way out as a Raptor, there were a few nights where they made beautiful music together (and also a few where James ignored everyone else on the floor -- including Bosh).
Night to Remember 2: Bryan Colangelo arrives. Finally, the Raptors get it right. Now if only MLSE leaves him alone to do his job for the next three or four years.
Night to Remember 1: Kobe Bryant drops 81 on the Raptors. We finish as we began. Because it's history.