It was a promising start.
The new faces were contributing, Calderon was playing great off the bench, and the Dance Pack did a passable rendition of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” before distributing candy to the impressively large opening-night crowd at the ACC.
Then came the closing minutes of the fourth quarter, and the 10-point lead the Raptors had built just moments earlier began to collapse like a home-made robot costume in the rain.
As I watched Bargnani’s last-second shot fall 30 feet short, and the buzzer sounded on a 90-88 Indiana victory, my mind started to wander. I started to imagine what the players on the 2012-2013 Raptor squad might have dressed up as for Halloween. Here are my conclusions.
Suggested Halloween Costumes for the 2012-2013 Raptors:
|Kyle Lowry||Damon Stoudamire, circa 1996||Small, feisty, exciting. Made the Raptors backcourt fun to watch.|
|DeMar Derozan||Hurricane Sandy||Expected to be a big deal for Toronto, ends up being extremely underwhelming.|
|Jonas Valanciunas||A Tim Horton’s coffee||Double-double. Quickly beloved in Canada.|
|Landry Fields||A Tim Horton’s donut||Matches his number of points.|
|Amir Johnson||Rambo||Shoots far too much.|
|Aaron Gray||The James Bond villain ‘Jaws’||He just kinda looks like him.|
|Andrea Bargnani||Roberto Alomar||A tribute to the 1992 Blue Jays. And I really want to hear him say “catch the taste”.|
In the end, it was fitting that this game was played on Halloween. No matter how much the organization has been hyping the improvements to the team, dressing them up as playoff contenders, it’s nice to know that underneath the disguise, they’re still our lovable Raptors, able to throw a game away in the dying minutes, and send the visiting team home with a nice Halloween treat.
You’re welcome, Indiana.