We often take things for granted. It must be human nature. You get comfortable and expect that things will remain the same from day to day. One of those comforts being home life.
Unfortunately, for the Toronto Raptors they were forced to relocate because of the Pandemic. This placed the Raptors at a considerable disadvantage compared to the rest of the NBA. Stay tuned. I’ll comeback to that. I’d like to take this time to wish you and your family continued strength and health as there seems to be a light at the end of tunnel from the darkness of this past year.
On Sunday May 16 the NBA had it’s last day of the regular season with some meaningful games and what some might consider formalities as they get ready for “The Off Season”(some will be listening to the album as well as relaxing). Sadly, Toronto would be playing it’s last game of the season after not qualifying for the playoffs. A year of turmoil where the Raptors used 38 different starting lineups had Coach Nurse salivating about next season. In the Pre-game availability he stated “there’s some hunger and desire to get started on next season” already.
But first the formality!
Today’s game where Toronto would be playing the Indiana Pacers. The Pacers were on pace to make a play-in game. With the Raptors not playing for the post season this was an opportunity for some reserve players to get some regular season minutes. If you’ve been reading my articles or if you’re an avid NBA fan you know that a Nick Nurse coached team is going to come to play regardless of what they’re playing for. So with that being said the Raptors got off to a good start in the first quarter. By the 7:30 mark Indiana was up 12-8.
The game was competitive until about the end of second quarter. Indiana went into halftime leading 69-55. Deandre’ Bembry kept the Raptors clawing back. The Toronto reserves as a whole put up a valiant effort with a balanced scoring output. The day ironically belonged to a former Raptor. Oshae Brissett led both teams in scoring with 31 points. Domantas Sabonis the Pacers’ big man also chimed in with 25 points. So if you’re keeping track with Indiana playing for something their starters were on the floor for most of the game. The Raptors lost the game 125-113 on their home court away from home.
Now back to Toronto’s aforementioned disadvantage. If you’ve ever seen The Wizard of Oz or The Wiz, the theme of returning home is prevalent. As it was for Raptors’ players all season long after being displaced to another country to live and play their home games. This has happened to all of us to an extent. Some of us were not able to go home because of fear of bringing Covid 19 back to our parents and family members. Some students were not able to go into school buildings where they felt most at home. Fred VanVleet said Tampa was a gracious host. But “it’s just not Toronto”.
In other words it just not HOME! Because there really is no place like…..