The Toronto Raptors are in the midst of a four game losing streak. It's the first such streak they've had since a five-gamer back in the last days of the Rudy Gay era. It does not feel very good.
Of course, the fourth game in the streak had to come at the hands of the Raptors' long time (sort of) nemesis: the Charlotte Hornets. If you've been keeping track, you know that the Hornets have now beaten the Raptors four straight times. In fact, they've won six of the last eight against the Raps. That's a .750 win percentage. My point is, the Hornets always seem able to just bust the Raps right up. The team is 38-25 against the Raptors all-time (and this includes the year they went 7-59).
As the game was winding down last night, I went to Twitter to get the ball rolling on a poll. If the Hornets insist on being one of those teams that always give the Raps trouble, then who are the all-time top individual Raptor killers? The initial social media returns suggested some names.
- Kobe Bryant - These days I'm hardly quivering at the thought of Kobe trying to win games by himself, but that 81-point game didn't happen by accident.
- DeMarcus Cousins - Given the Raps' struggles with interior D as of late - and Cousins' delightful relationship with Jonas Valanciunas - this one counts.
- Vince Carter - I do not need to explain. Google "Vince Carter Game Winner Against Raptors." You will find multiple results.
- Jamal Crawford - Interesting that he got singled out. But on the other hand, the only team Crawford has scored more points against is the Milwaukee Bucks.
- Kemba Walker - A bit early to include him here, but he is on the Hornets, so I'm fine with it.
- Andrea Bargnani/Rudy Gay/Bryan Colangelo/Rob Babcock - The jokers who named these guys... they get it.