The Raptors have escaped the infinity mirrors of their past, so where to next?

After the highs of Kawhi’s Game 7 winner, the Raptors are back in the thick of a playoff war against the Bucks, and already down 1-0. This time, however, it feels different to root for Toronto. I think about basketball synchronicity a lot. In the winter of 2018, a couple of Twitter threads were circulating, collecting tiny moments of on-court symmetry: players unwittingly running and jumping and bending down and falling over in perfect sync together, as nimble and coordinated as backup dancers. Eventually, people started stitched these clips together into supercuts that were somehow never long enough, no matter how long they were. From the second I saw my first one I was obsessed; watching them felt so full-body satisfying to me that it was almost gross. It’s my ASMR, I joked to my friends, not really joking at all. After I’d watched all the compilations, I even started looking for similar coincidences in the games I watched on TV, pausing and rewinding even the most tedious interstitial moments like I was panning for gold.
On one hand, it’s obvious why I loved these moments so much: they’re cool! But also, why? Why exactly is it …

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Author: Emma Healey / Raptors HQ

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