I would like to coin a new term:
Rapception is the eerie feeling you get while watching a Raptors game, when you suddently know exactly how the game is going to play out. Halfway between deja-vu and premonition, Rapception makes you feel simultaneously like a genius of basketball and a victim of fate.
Some signs you may be experiencing Rapception:
- You notice that the opponent’s best player is injured, but for some reason you think, “uh-oh.”
- You see DeMar Derozan hit a couple of shots early, and you get the uneasy feeling that he’s done for the night.
- The Raptors are up at the half, but you get a chill down your spine just moments before the third quarter begins.
If any or all of the above happened to you while watching last night’s game against New Jersey, don’t worry; you’re not alone. We all saw it coming. We knew Derozan was going to pile up 12 points on 15 shots. We knew that even without Deron Williams, the Nets would pull out the win. We knew that, despite leading at the end of the first and second quarters, the third would go the way it did. And we knew that a certain former Raptor would capitalize on 38% shooting to put up a career-high 21 rebounds. For a full post-mortem, go here.
You’re welcome, New Jersey.