Raptors must turn things around in Game 7 against Nets to end long Toronto drought

Brooklyn Nets small forward Alan Anderson (6) is fouled by Toronto Raptors power forward Tyler...

Brooklyn Nets small forward Alan Anderson (6) is fouled by Toronto Raptors power forward Tyler Hansbrough (50) as he drives to the basket in Game 6. (REUTERS)

Steve Simmons, Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 11:14 PM ET

The date was April 20, 2004: For those counting, that was 3,775 days ago.

You may remember the night.

The last time a Toronto team won an NBA, NHL or Major League Baseball playoff series.

Chad Kilger scored that evening against the Ottawa Senators at the Air Canada Centre before disappearing. It was Game 7. Pat Quinn was coaching. Patrick Lalime let in one of the shots that didn’t get Joe Nieuwendyk elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame. And there were honking cars and celebration. Ten years ago last month.

And, now, we don’t know what to think.

We don’t know if or when a non-CFL Toronto team will next win a playoff series.

We know it might be on Sunday in Game 7 against the Brooklyn Nets, if somehow the Toronto Raptors can turn the tide. If somehow they can push all that went wrong at the end of Game 5 and all of Game 6.

But it isn’t encouraging. How can it be?


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