I know I should be telling you to simmer down, reminding you that the Thunder's 92-78 pasting of the Bulls is a bit of an aberration that Chicago is a shell of itself without Derrick Rose, that back-to-back Sunday victories against the Beasts of the East doesn't automatically deliver the NBA title to Oklahoma City.
But I can't do it. I can't tamp down the excitement.
This Thunder team is the best in the NBA.
Go crazy, folks. Go crazy.
“There's not much that they don't have,” said Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau, a tell-it-like-it-is guy who's not prone to hyperbole. “They play hard, unselfishly, smart.
“They are tough.”
And getting tougher by the minute.
This is a team that started the season as one of the league's best teams, but this wire-to-wire victory against the Bulls was a reminder that the Thunder continues to improve. And I'm not talking about offense or defense, though both of them were darn impressive Sunday.
Shooting 48.6 percent against the defensive-minded Bulls?
Holding the team with the league's best record to 78 points?
Building a second-half lead as big as 30 points?
I don't care if Rose was sidelined with an injured groin. He's been sidelined for 19 other games this season, and the Bulls were 14-5 in those games.
These Bulls are not a horrible team without Rose. Not a championship contender but not a bunch of chumps, either.
And the Thunder ran them out of the gym.
The Boys in Blue did it with a third-quarter surge the likes of which we've seen more and more of lately, a step-on-their-throats mentality that is the latest sign of growth on this squad.
The Thunder had a nice 10-point lead at halftime, but in less than six minutes, that lead had ballooned to 25 points. It was as good a stretch as you'll see in the NBA.
For starters, the Thunder put the clamps on the Bulls. Of its first 11 possessions of the second half, Chicago scored points on only two of them.
And despite seven missed shots during that stretch, the Bulls didn't get a single offensive rebound.
As good as the Thunder was defensively in that 20-5 run, it was even better offensively. It scored on five of its first six possessions and nine of 12.
Fittingly, the spurt was punctuated by a half-court alley-oop pass from Russell Westbrook to Kevin Durant.
That knockout punch left the Bulls out of sorts the rest of the afternoon.
We've seen the Thunder delivering that kind of blow more and more lately. It did it against the Lakers, the Blazers and the Clippers.
Add the Bulls to list.
“We have a deep team, and we know if we keep playing hard ... sooner or later it's going to wear on teams,” veteran big man Nazr Mohammed said. “We just want to keep that high level of play, keep throwing waves at them.”
Durant said: “We've just picked up the intensity, I think. Every possession, we've just been trying to scramble as hard as we can on the defensive end and move the ball on the offensive end.
“We've got to keep it up.”
If they do, the rest of the NBA had better watch out. That killer mentality we saw Sunday separates the Thunder. It is no longer one of the best teams in the league. It is the best.
So, let those pie-in-the-sky expectations run rampant.
I'm not about to try to stop them.