Yes, the time-stamp does say 2:50 AM, and no, I don’t ever sleep.
Regardless of how the final 13 games of the year turn out, this season has been an unabashed success. The majority of us started the year riding the tank bandwaggon, but that sentiment left with Rudy Gay’s departure, and the aftermath has been glorious. 33 wins against 18 losses. No more isolation ball. No more being the butt-end of #moreshotsthanpoints jokes. No more self-loathing. No more immolating hatred of our own team.
As of the time this posting, the Toronto Raptors’ magic number to clinch a playoff spot sits at 3, wherein any combination of Raptors wins, or Knicks losses will count towards post-season security. I know every team in the East is supposed to lay down their arms in the face or Miami or Indiana, but making the playoffs is still a big accomplishment. This franchise hasn’t made the playoffs since 2007-08! Barring a miracle, our beloved Raptors will qualify for the playoffs for the first time in 6 seasons. 6!
I mean, when the biggest talking points for a Raptors team is the efficacy of John Salmons’ utility as an NBA player, or Vasquez’s shot-selection, that means the bigger picture is that we’re a good team! RR used to be a host for flame-wars on behalf of the likes of Andrea Bargnani and Joey effing Graham! We started from the bottom, and now we’re here.
So let’s embrace this team, and this season, in the same way DeMar is embracing Lowry in the GIF below. Let’s not worry about Lowry’s impending free-agency, nor fret about the lack of financial flexibility this offseason. Speak not of ‘fool’s gold’ and ‘mirages’, for it’s better to have love and lost, than to never have love at all. Embrace this team.