Kawhi Leonard launched a ball high in the air, seeing it bounce on one part of the goal, then on another, with the playoffs teetering in the balance.
Call it karma or just coincidence, but it’s only fitting that Philadelphia, which celebrated former Bears kicker Cody Parkey’s “double-doink” miss against the Eagles, would fall victim a few months later to a “double double doink” that doomed the 76ers’ championship hopes.
That’s what some fans were calling the Raptors star’s looping buzzer-beater that hit each side of the rim before dropping in for the Game 7 winner in the Eastern Conference semifinals.
Bears guard Kyle Long and some Chicago fans dubbed it a “quadruple doink.”
Maybe it was schadenfreude — deriving pleasure from someone else’s misery — or just plain sour grapes, but some Bears fans reveled in the twist of fate.
“Philly lived by the sword talking about the Bears for the double doink, now they are dying by the sword because of the quadruple doink,” Twitter user @TreyBizzy wrote.
CHIBears Reddit user “Sweetness” juxtaposed images of Parkey’s miss (with the words “The double doink giveth” superimposed) and Leonard’s basket (“the double doink taketh”), accompanying the post with the simple caption “Bliss.”
Some Philadelphia fans and media, however, embraced the irony and took the loss in stride.
The account for Philadelphia restaurant North Third tweeted: “I guess the fans in Toronto will call this one the quadruple doink! Tough loss for our @sixers. Maybe we’ll have a chance to play Kawhi in the finals next year when he’s playing for the Clippers! #signjimmybutler #wewillbeback #Theprocess.”
As much as it probably stings for Philly fans, Bears fans are still coping with having last season’s high expectations dashed so suddenly by Parkey’s wayward 43-yarder. Since that loss to the Eagles in the wild-card round in January, the Bears’ search for a new kicker has dominated offseason coverage and conversation.
Fans process crushing defeats in different ways, but even Sixers fans could appreciate Leonard’s game-winner set to “Avengers” theme music.