I have been a fan since day 1. I have been a member since 2010. Tonight is a relatively historic (in raptor terms) night. In a blink, six games may go by and the raptor season may be over. Before the season, most people agreed that the worst outcome would be the dreaded 7-11 zone, losing the first round and out at best with no pick to show for it. Is that where we'd be? Not at all. This is a playoff team going in the right direction. Not one with aging veterans or led by one star player who is destined to leave (yes, I will have to edit that if lowry goes). Some say we only got a meaningless three seed because the rest of the east was bad. Well, guess what? They're going to be bad for a while. The Knicks are a mess. The nets have a narrow aging window. The celtics, magic and sixers have youth and picks but not much else. Cleveland looks like they're becoming the East's version of Sacramento. Atlanta is treading water. The bobcats don't seem much better. Milwaukee? Detroit is a mess. Washington is interesting. That leaves the heat and pacers and the bulls if the third time is a charm for Rose's knee. In reflection, I am so happy with going the route of improving and trying to sign the star in four years that we would have had to decimate our team to have a chance of drafting now.
A long post I know, but before the playoff blur begins, stop and appreciate a rare feeling for a raptor fan. Hope. This was an amazing season. My best to the team.