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Two years ago, way back in 2019, the Toronto Raptors would play the Golden State Warriors in Game 6 of the NBA Finals; they win, they make history.
The Toronto Raptors also had two key players on their team who happened to play on the Spanish national team in Marc Gasol and Serge Ibaka.
So naturally, as a basketball fan who was planning a trip to Barcelona at the time, I saw no issues when booking my flight to land the same day the Toronto Raptors would win their first ever NBA championship creating an unforgettable moment for every Canadian who got to witness literal history be made – because obviously there would be at least one bar who would show the game… right?
So I didn’t get to actually watch this game in real time and I am devastated.
So for most of you, this article will evoke some pretty powerful happy memories – just know that as I aggressively type these words, I am cursing the entire country of Spain under my breath.
Let’s Talk About The Game
I did get to watch the game… using my iPhone 6 to stream a crappy feed of the game using a Spanish café’s WiFi 6 hours after it happened.
So pretty much the same.
The Kyle Lowry Game
I think after the first quarter everyone just assumed he was going to go for 50.
Lowry had 15 points in the first and only missed one shot. As I sat in that Spanish café and watched those first 12 minutes I truly believed that Kyle Lowry was going to single handedly win the this game for the Toronto Raptors.
So I was wrong, but that’s not to say he didn’t play well.
They just had a bunch of other guys step up as well.
Pascal Siakam, Kawhi Leonard and Fred VanVleet all had 20+ points in the win to join Lowry’s team high 26 but no three points were more important, in my opinion, than this.
This was the moment that Raptors fans everywhere breathed a collective sigh of relief.
For a franchise whose fanbase had developed some serious trust issues with the team, the fact that this went in (should have been a foul) was a sign from the basketball gods that the Toronto Raptors could actually have nice things for once.
Was it ruined by a stupid security guard who wouldn’t let Masai Ujiri on the court?
Almost, but he was eventually allowed on with help from our Lord and Saviour, Kyle Lowry.
Did we know that soon we were going to have our nice things taken away by the Los Angeles Clippers and the pandemic?
No – but today is a day for remembering good things, and what’s better than an NBA championship?