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Look at the bright side, Raptors fans: More playoff basketball

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11.06.2019

A Hail Mary and St. Kevin, martyred.

Lazarus-like, the Golden State Warriors have breathed life back into their three-peat aspirations.

Which had hung by a thread, a tendon, an Achilles heel.

Which pushed the Toronto Raptors back on their heels, temporarily, thwarted in a riotously anticipated — outside the team bubble, not within — bid for a maiden NBA championship.

Game 5, come and gone with a 106-105 loss, one damn point short, and the final heads back to Oakland, but destined to return, at exquisite tension-taut worst, for a Game 7 at Scotiabank Arena.

Unless the Raptors pull off what they've done twice in this series — beat the defending titlists in their own last-hurrah building.

The players can bear it. The city, maybe not so much.

We would so much have rather not gone there. But wrenching a trophy from such a dynastic team, even hobbled, with Durant emerging from the Kevin-Come-Lately injury shadows, was never going to be as alley-oop as the past week so enticingly seduced Toronto into envisioning.

Durant, rattling in a three in the opening minutes, then another, Warriors 5-of-5 from three-point range in the early going. A desperate team, clinging to the rockface of elimination.

But Durant, sprawled and clutching his ankle in the second quarter, disappearing into the trainer's room, last spotted on crutches. Leaving his 'mates to finish the job.

They've earned the respect they're due. And the respect is now a two-way street.

Look at the bright side: More playoff basketball.

So, joy to the world, even on the morning after a loss, for the continuing Rapture of the Raptors: End of times, end of flops.

Done with defeatism, even if defeated on this night. Done with pining. Done with hearts crushed on the anvil of sports, inshallah.

The Raptors have washed all of that away, cleansed the bad memories. That was the truth at tip-off of Game 5 Monday and it was still true at the final buzzer.

This is the season of our bliss. This city on the kooky verge, with the Larry O'Brien trophy in the maddened........

© Peterborough Examiner