Making the playoffs in the Eastern Conference is not exactly the toughest thing to do. The Milwaukee Bucks slid into the eighth spot with a record of 38-44. The reward for their efforts is a first round matchup with the Miami Heat. Not exactly appealing, but there is still some honor in being a playoff team.
That is an honor the Toronto Raptors have not had since 2007.
Going into the season they were a trendy pick to be the team that could exceed expectations in the East. Several months and quite a few injuries later, the Raptors finished at 34-48, four games out of the postseason.
Their season was not without a few bright spots though.
Acquiring Rudy Gay in a big trade gives the team some hope for the future. They even had three separate five-game win streaks, including the last five games of the season, all against playoff teams.
But injuries really made it tough for the Raptors to make a playoff push. Toronto guard DeMar DeRozan is the only one on the team who played in...