February 26, 2009
Did you know that with Jose Calderon's three-pointer at the 7:56 mark of the first quarter of Tuesday's game against Minnesota, the Raptors' streak of consecutive games with at least one made three-point field goal reached the 10-year mark? Ten years! I really should've sent Donyell Marshall a card.
Anyway, to celebrate the meaningless accomplishment, Raptors.com numbots compiled some quirky stats and facts around the Raps' NBA-best 837 consecutive games (and counting) streak. A few favorites:
* The Raptors have made 5,020 three-point field goals since the streak began.
* 101 players have appeared in a game for the Raptors during the streak, including seven All-Stars (Vince Carter, Chris Bosh, Jermaine O’Neal, Antonio Davis, Hakeem Olajuwon, Charles Oakley and Shawn Marion) and five players named Williams (Aaron Williams, Alvin Williams, Eric Williams, Jerome Williams and Michael Williams).
* October Sky (Jake Gyllenhaal), Office Space (Jennifer Aniston) and My Favorite Martian (Christopher Lloyd) were playing in movie theaters when the streak began.
* Modern inventions since the streak began include the iPod (2001), the Segway human transporter (2001), Blue Tooth (2002), the hybrid car (2003) and YouTube (2005).
Toronto's next game is Friday in Phoenix, and of course, now that I've pointed the record out, Calderon, Bargnani and co. will shoot a combined 0-for-14 from three-point land. I'm so sorry.