Dissecting the Raptors' season

DeMar DeRozan (right) ended the season at his productive best. In the final nine games of the...

DeMar DeRozan (right) ended the season at his productive best. In the final nine games of the season, which coincided with the final month DeRozan averaged 22.9 points a night. (TOM HICKEN/QMI Agency)

MIKE GANTER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:41 AM ET

The 2012-13 season came to a conclusion for the Raptors on Wednesday night and, for the fifth consecutive time, they will not make the playoffs.

Because this is professional sports and is supposed to serve as entertainment, or at least a diversion from the actually serious day-to-day challenges we all face, we don’t just state the fact and then turn our attention elsewhere until tuning back in sometime next October when training camp begins.

No, there are analyses of where the season went wrong (duh, hello 5-19 start), who deserves to be back (load up on your mom’s meat and potato dishes, Jonas), who had better not be back (Hello there and farewell, Il Mago. We never knew you), and what can be done to ensure Toronto basketball fans never have to relive another such early-season slide (uh, Mr. Schedule-maker. Yes, you with the X’d- out dinosaur on your shirt. A nice start would be a schedule that doesn’t include 15 of the first 22 on the road).

The problem with most of the above is that it is all dependent on who will be making the vital decisions in 2013-14. And, quite frankly, no one other than maybe a quorum of the team’s board of directors knows that for certain, just yet.


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