The truth of the matter is exciting playoff basketball is only exciting if it doesn't involve your team. Case in point: the OKC/Spurs game was a delight because I didn't care which team won, I just enjoyed watching awesome basketball.
I don't want Raptors games to be exciting in the post-season. I'd prefer blowouts -- in their favour, of course. If the Raptors came out tonight for Game 3 against the Miami Heat and laid a hurt on them so bad that the entire franchise, nay, the entire state of Florida, would be unable to recover, I'd be content. This is the truth.
Tonight is another big game, insomuch as every game now for the Raptors is another step higher towards their goal. Or, if you want to think about it anxiously: every game in the post-season is another block on top of a rather precarious Jenga tower. And boy, is that tower shaky today.
Kyle Lowry, in case you haven't heard, is on some sort of vision quest to determine if he's still a top 10-15 player in the NBA. DeMar DeRozan is waging a one man war against basketball efficiencies and getting people to go bald. And the man who saved the game on Thursday, Jonas Valanciunas, will be there tonight to, hmm, do it again? Who knows. This Raptors team defies definition.
Still, we try. Dan Grant is up today with a preview for today's game. Tip-off is in 30 minutes. Let's just roll with it.