Forgotten Raptors Playoffs: The 2002 Corliss Williamson Revenge Tour

Chris Childs forgot the score, but Corliss “Big Nasty” Williamson was the real difference-maker in Detroit’s series against the Raptors. Welcome to Forgotten Raptors Playoffs! All throughout the 2019 NBA Playoffs, we’ll be looking back at past Raptors series — going all the way back to 2000 — and digging into the hidden, underrated, forgotten or straight-up wacky subplots and memories!
Today we look at Toronto’s disappointing first-round exit in 2002.
The Situation
Toronto Raptors (42-40, 7th seed) vs. Detroit Pistons (50-32, 2nd seed)
The Outcome
Detroit defeats Toronto 3-2 in the best-of-five series.
What Everyone Remembers
The series was tied 2-2, the Raptors trailed by 3 points in Game 5, the clock was winding down, there were no timeouts left… and Chris Childs forgot the score.
What You Should Probably Remember Instead
The 2001-2002 Raptors season was one of disappointment, despite their making the playoffs on the final day of the regular season. After the seven-game affair with Philadelphia in the 2001 Playoffs, and the offseason re-signings of Vince Carter, Antonio Davis, and Alvin Williams, and the acquisition of Hakeem Olajuwon… everything seemed to be going in the right direction.
But then Carter got hurt, Olajuwon was a bust, and at one point the …

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Author: Josh Kern / Raptors HQ

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