Toronto Picks Up Their 54th Win Of The Season
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Sunday, March 31, 2019
Toronto shows off and sweeps the Bulls this season!
Toronto and Chicago meet for the second time this week. Toronto has fairly easy games for the remainder of the season and this is just one of them. Chicago fell short to Toronto when they played on Tuesday. There will be no OG Anunoby (injury) , no Patrick McCaw (injury) , no Pascal Siakam(active but didn’t play) and no Kawhi Leonard (load management). Chicago is still without Zach LaVine, Otto Porter Jr. and Lauri Markkanen. I think Toronto needs to take Leonard off this load management soon because when he is playing every playoff game, it may become a stress on his body. Let’s see how the Bulls’ do without these three Raptors in the lineup.
Ibaka would finally get the start of Mac Gasol and he looked very happy with that outcome! It was pretty much neck and neck in the opening quarter. The Bulls actually took the lead a few times. There were a moment in the first quarter when Lowry got fouled by Timothe Luwawu- Cabarrot at the stripe and went although didn’t count he had a nice fadeaway jumper. Lowry went to the line to shoot two, and sunk them both. Lowry finished with 10 pts, 8 ast and 7 reb.
Come the second quarter is when Toronto stepped up their game and held no mercy. Toronto racked up forty-one points in the quarter alone! While Chicago only put up nineteen points in the third- and that’s what broke them. Everyone had a good game stat wise. Even for the Bulls’ but what was more impressive were seven of the Toronto Raptors put up double digit numbers. Leading the pack were Serge Ibaka and Fred VanVleet with twenty-three points each.
Fun Fact: Toronto has made history this season by putting up an average of 114.2 points per game. A number that has been consistently going up since 2014-2015 season (104 ppg).
Remember Jodie Meeks who signed to the Raptors last week. Well, he got lots of playing time with twenty eight minutes putting up 14 pts and 5 reb. This were another game where Nick Nurse were able to experiment with lineups and see who works with who. Even Ibaka and Gasol were on the floor together and it seemed to work!
With Ibaka coming off the floor with 3:42 left to play in the game, on comes Chris Boucher who has absolutely been fantastic this season, with the Raptors as well as the Raptors 905. It was interesting that four of the five starters for Chicago had under ten points. Only Shaquille Harrison had more with 15 pts and 8 reb.
Toronto will head home and play the Orlando Magic Monday night at 7:30 pm. Orlando is currently sitting in ninth place, .5 games behind Miami. They will only have five more games until the end of the regular season. What do you think Toronto’s record will be? My guess, 5-0.
Toronto 124-101 Chicago