Hey, guess what? After being relegated to a bunch of less-than-popular time slots and channels -- 12:30pm! ESPNews! -- the Raptors will get to play a playoff game in prime time on TNT. Aren't you excited? It's what we, as Raptors fans, have always wanted.
Allow me to explain. Because the Raptors are playing in a Game 7 of their opening round series against the Indiana Pacers -- a team that eased into the playoffs as reluctantly as possible, finished the season with 45 wins and has one really good player -- they get to be the star of the NBA world for one night. We can all be witness! Toronto has long been thought of as a "small market" in the TV ratings game, so this is a big deal.
Doesn't that make you want to stand up and cheer? You can watch the Raptors, as a 56-win two seed with home court advantage, play in a first round Game 7 against the Indiana Pacers. In Toronto! On Sportsnet! On TNT! Right smack dab in prime time -- 8 o'clock in the evening on Sunday night! Everyone will be off work, finished dinner, relaxing with their friends and family. Everyone will be there.
It's everything we've always wanted. All eyes on our favourite team. In Toronto. Playing in a Game 7. As a 2-seed with 56 wins. As the Raps' best players set records for poor shooting. As the team looks to have learned no lessons from last year, or the year before. As the very soul of this franchise, the pure essence of it, remains unchanged regardless of the personnel. After a Game 6 in which the team got blown out by 18 points. I mean, what could go wrong?
Yay! I'm excited. Aren't you?