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This week’s Culture Watch is brought to you by... YOU! A collection of the best Raptors tweets from the opening week of the 2018-19 season.

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Could you imagine being a fan of any other team in the league? Like, just imagine it.

The Toronto Raptors have the most diverse fan base in the NBA, bar none. Sure, you might not be able to afford to go to games on the regular, but if you could then you’d have to support, say, the Dallas Mavericks. It’s just not the same — Raptors fans are a different breed. They cheer louder, and they love harder; so much so that the greatest basketball player in the entire universe (unless there’s some special basketball planet we don’t know about) is blown away by their support.

But do you know what else Raptors fans really do better than any other fan base? They tweet better. There is no group of basketball devotees that does Twitter better than Raptors fans. They are kind, they are friendly, and they are hilarious. Maybe it was the need for a real basketball fix after 163 days without, or maybe it was the sense of community that being a Raptors fan brings. Either way, Raptors Twitter was LIT, as the kids say (or at least said like a year ago), and so we present the best tweets from opening night.

First, some pre-game vibes:

Then the in-game mood:

(Note: if you don’t know, Marie Hollaway is Kyle’s mom, which makes this tweet the absolute best.)

And finally, the post-game celebration (with an acknowledgement of the past):

Tonight’s game might be a little bit more important, but if Raptors/Celtics Twitter is anything like Raptors/Cavaliers Twitter, the Raptors have already won.