What a game.
The final score simply will signify another loss in a season chock full of them for the Raptors, but Saturday’s 102-101 OT loss to the Bulls in Chicago was quite possibly the Raptors most memorable effort of the season.
Down a couple more key players in DeMar DeRozan and Jerryd Bayless, the Raptors eight-man rotation let it all hang out against the league’s top team on the road, in the second night of a back-to-back and in their fourth game in five nights.
“Our guys fought out there all night,” said head coach Dwane Casey. “We had players out of position, a 3 man playing point, back-to-back game. Every excuse to give was there, but we gave it all with our heart and effort. We’re building something here and I’m really proud of these guys.”
The mental miscues weren’t exactly rampant down the stretch, but the familiar theme of turnovers and some costly missed free throws opened the door for the Bulls just enough for Lady Luck to help them kick it down. Look no further than Luol Deng’s flip-in winner off a broken play after the Raptors defended it pretty well as proof.
“We were lucky to get that game, they outplayed us from the start,” said Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau. “They dominated us. They outrebounded us by 14. They played hard, we didn’t play well.”
Little solace to take from a heartbreaking loss, but the Raptors can hold their heads high after this performance and ideally, build on it as they open a five game homestand on Monday against the Orlando Magic.
Until then, here’s the best of what you had to say during a wild one in the Windy City.