On Sunday, the Toronto Raptors exercised their playoff demons by taking down the Indiana Pacers in Game 7 of their first round playoff series. In doing so, they ended a 15-year drought of not winning a single playoff series.
Now, that honor belongs to the Milwaukee Bucks. Both Milwaukee and Toronto last found playoff success in 2001, but the Bucks took it a step further by winning a subsequent playoff series after they both won their first round matchups.
That team fielded players such as Sam Cassell and Ray Allen. If the Bucks have any hope of ending their streak of futility in 2016-17, they'll need a major surge in production from the current roster. They made the playoffs in 2015 only to be defeated by the Chicago Bulls, and the addition of free agent Greg Monroe didn't propel them back to postseason basketball this year.
The city with the second longest streak is Charlotte. The last time the Queen City saw their professional basketball team win a playoff series was 2002. Of course, that franchise is now in New Orleans; the Bobcats/new Hornets have never won a series.
However, they came awfully close to doing so this year. After taking a 3-2 series lead on the Miami Heat, the Purple shirt man's jeers inspired Dwyane Wade and the rest of the Heat's core to comeback and win Game's 6 and 7.