Red Rocket to the Rescue
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Red Rocket to the Rescue

2004_12_16bonnerTorontoist stuck to their promise and waited for an end to the losing steak prior to any mention of the struggling Toronto Raptors. Last night they were able to snap a seven game skid with a 96-90 win against and the Minnesota Timberwolves. With a career performance out of youngster Chris Bosh and the physical dominance of fan favourite Matt “The Red Rocket” Bonner, the Raps took the “M” and “V” out of reigning MVP Kevin Garnett.
The team’s gutsy performance hit a peak with 5:24 left in the final frame as our orange-haired rookie Matt Bonner took T-Wolves Bigman KG to the floor underneath the Raptor basket. Garnett and teammate Latrell Sprewell quickly rushed young Bonner, who was then ejected from the game for his actions.
2004_12_16garnett“The hard foul really didn’t even spark me until I saw him pointing up into the crowd like he’s the enforcer,” Garnett said following the game. Enforcer or not, the team quickly came to Bonner’s aid. No more than a little shoving, the scrum was enough to electrify a Toronto crowd that is used to hockey thugs Tie Domi and Wade Belak. Calculating my chances of a direct hit, yours truly decided against heaving my $12 beer at ex-coach strangler Sprewell. Spree was lucky Torontoist wasn’t courtside.

2004_12_16boshcarterThe city’s favourite Raptor rookie headed for the locker room to chants of “Bonner, Bonner” slapping hands of his fans along the way.
“It was blowing my mind. I felt a lot of pride for myself, the team and the whole city of Toronto that they support me so much. I feel honoured,” Bonner later stated.
Following the melee, natural assumption would be that the Raptors would blow their lead and extend the losing streak, leaving Torontoist with no article. However, Chris Bosh and Morris Peterson led a charge that carried the team to victory and lifted both theirs and their fans’ belief of a successful season. If only we could unload Vince…