Stanley Johnson has Career Night, but the Raptors Fall to the Bulls
Another loss, this time at the hands of the lowly Chicago Bulls.
There may be a couple of games remaining in the season, but the Toronto Raptors appear to be fully ready to call it early and tie on boy on what has been a strange and rollercoaster season. It’s been a long year and one which the Raptors were forced to endure away from the friendly confines of the Scotiabank Arena.
The odds were stacked against them from the start, but the inconsistent play throughout the year didn’t help.
“The pandemic, I mean, I don’t know how else to put it,” said Raptors forward Stanley Johnson following the 114-102 defeat on Tuesday night. “I think just at the end you really realize how much we lost not being in Toronto this year. You know, truly playing road games all year long, truly not being in your own house, truly not having your own practice facility. It wasn’t giving us the best foot forward.”
Despite the loss, Johnson had himself a career night, putting up 35 points, tearing down 10 boards, while dishing out five assists for the youthful Raptors. The team’s pair of rookies had themselves a great night as well as Malachi Flynn dropped 16 points in the start, while Jalen Harris added 17 points of his own off the bench.
It’s been quite the year, but one the Raptors will learn and grow from.
“I’ve been on a couple of teams that have ended like this a little early and, you know, every year you come back the following year and you got a chip on your shoulder,” Johnson said. “And I know the guys in this locker room are those type of guys, and this year is only, only just, you know, put a chip on people’s shoulders for the next one.”
With two games remaining, the Raptors will take on the Dallas Mavericks on Friday night before wrapping up their campaign against the Indiana Pacers.