April 2002: Raptors make playoffs without Vince Carter
Proving the Ewing Theory actually increases proportionately with the Canadian exchange rate, the Raptors made a miraculous rally to qualify for the playoffs after Vince Carter was sidelined for the second half of the 2001-2002 season with a knee injury.
So why a dubious moment, you ask?
Well, only in Raptorland would this surprising turn of events actually increase the perceived value of Vince Carter, and his standing within the franchise. After all, once he left, the Raptors finally began to play with passion, pride, and unselfishness—the team would only be that much better once he got back. Right?
It’s like that one night out of 100 when you’re a designated driver, and you suddenly find that you’re not telling your friends that you hate them and vomiting in the cab ride home—only to drink that much more the next night. Ok, that was Friday. Bad example.
It took over two years for the Raptors to recover from this logic-fart, and the rest is, well, to be covered in the coming weeks.