Fans walking into the final game of the 2009-10 season at the ACC were handed signs to hold during the game.
The front said, “We Want More”
The back said, “CB4.″
But most of the fans were not thinking about CB4. They were thinking about the Raptors chances of getting into this year’s playoffs. At that moment, fans wanted to see more games.
The worst of it was when the arena announcers tried to get the crowd to start-up the chant with “We want more… CB4.″
After a few tries and a weak response, the announcers gave up and didn’t try again.
No disrespect to CB4 intended, But the Raptors were playing for their playoff lives and chanting about the team’s future free agent, who was watching from the bench in a suit, did not strike a chord.
Chris Bosh did get a nice hand from the crowd when he was put up on the big screens during a timeout.
The Raptors were at their scoring best in their final home game of the season and beat the Knicks, 131-113.
But it became apparent to the fans during halftime that the Bulls were not going to lose to the Bobcats and the excitement in the ACC was left largely confined to the toss-ins of free t-shirts and jerseys.
At least the Raptors never stopped playing, even though it was a virtual certainty that the players were as aware of what was happening in Charlotte as the fans.
The game wasn’t a sell-out with just 18,333 fans in attendance. The Blue Jays game going on across the street undoubtedly diverting some of the interest.
But most of those in attendance stayed late, knowing the end result was not going to put their team in the playoffs. Even though they were frustrated, most of the Raptors fans wanted to watch as long as possible.
There were no boos on this night.
With barely a pause, we can now expect the dissection of this season to begin and speculation about what the anticipated busy offseason will bring to commence.
Maybe MLSE could arrange for Raptors fans to be able to buy Cavs playoff tickets to keep our minds off of our disappointment and delay the navel gazing?