I just had one of those walks home that only a Raptor fan can have.
My head was held high. My strides were a bit longer. And brief, ridiculously optimistic thoughts raced through my head:
“You know, if Bargnani comes back, we might be able to make the playoffs.”…”I really think the Raptors have turned the corner defensively.”…”Calderon will be an all-star next year, for sure.”…”A bit of time and some smart trades, and we’re in the Finals.”
Yeah, tomorrow morning I’ll probably come back down to earth. The buzz of victory and $12 beer will wear off, and I’ll wake up, as confused as a frat boy the morning after a tailgate party, look over at my Raptors shirt hanging lazily on the back of a chair and laugh in spite of myself.
But for now, I’m going to enjoy it: Raptors 86 – Celtics 74.
Thank you, Boston.