14. Chris Childs costly error
Without Vince Carter, the Raptors turned into a team anchored by its defence. Although the team struggled throughout the regular season in Carter’s absence, the defence would lead the team into the playoffs, as they went on to win 12 of their last 14 games.
Surprisingly enough, the seventh-seeded Raptors would push the Detroit Pistons to five games. In Game 5, point guard Chris Childs error would cost the Raptors dearly.
With 10.7 seconds left and the Raptors down 85-82, Childs raced down the court and shot an ill-advised three-pointer, instead of passing to a wide open Dell Curry. Following the game, Childs insisted that the Raptors were down by four, not three.
At any rate, the ill-advised three-point attempt severely cost the Raptors, as Hakeem Olajuwon, Chris Childs, Keon Clark and Dell Curry would all depart from the Raptors during the off-season. Although it was more than just the botched final play in Detroit that caused the roster overhaul, it was definitely a factor into ‘what could have been’ for Raptors’ nation.