Despite the Raptors scoring a season high 131 points in their win over the New York Knicks tonight at the Air Canada Centre, it wasn’t enough to extend their season by at least 4 more games. The Toronto Raptors have been officially eliminated from the 2009-2010 NBA Playoffs hunt, as the Chicago Bulls handled their business by winning all of the ‘must’ win games, including last Sunday’s head-to-head game over the Raptors. The Raptors will now miss the playoffs for the 2nd straight season, despite high expectations from the organization and fans alike.
The reality is that the Raptors were in position to try and fight for as high as 4th seed in the NBA Eastern Conference after tying a franchise record of 29 wins at the All-Star Break. From there, the Raptors proceeded to finish the season 9-19 in their remaining games, and ended up on the outside looking in, missing the ’09-’10 NBA Playoffs by ONE game.
The Raptors’ offseason begins now, and what will happen next is still total speculation. So many questions surrounding the player personnel of this team, and unfortunately nothing but time will answer them. Raptors Nation will collectively be holding their breath between now and July 1st.
The Raptors’ season may be over, but there will be plenty of basketball news to cover – with a Canadian flair! Please continue to visit us for posts throughout and about the NBA Playoffs, NBA Draft Lottery, NBA Draft, 2010 NBA Free Agency, and Canada Basketball’s berth in this summer’s FIBA 2010 World Basketball Championships in Turkey. There will be lots to discuss & debate, so stay tuned!