Opening a road trip on a losing note is never good. Managing to blow a big lead on the way to losing is even worse.
Despite being without Joakim Noah (flu), Kyle Korver (sore left foot), and Carlos Boozer (broken toe), the Chicago Bulls were still able to get past the Toronto Raptors 110-103 in pre-season action Wednesday night at the Air Canada Centre.
The Bulls (3-4) were also short up the middle, starting rookie Omer Asik at centre, but their scorers Luol Deng and Derrick Rose managed to pick apart Toronto’s defence.
For the third straight game, the Raptors (3-4) went with their likely starting five that will begin the season next week, but it wasn’t enough to stop the speedy Chicago transition game.
The Toronto Raptors finally took to the hard court as they opened training camp at Air Canada Centre on Tuesday.
In what was expected to be a showcase between two stars from the 2003 NBA draft, a 2006 draftee ended up stealing the show.
Shane Battier scored 26 points to lead the visiting Houston Rockets to a 124-112 victory over the Toronto Raptors in exhibition action Thursday night.
Although his style of play may suggest otherwise, Reggie Evans has already become the darling of Toronto Raptor fans.
Louis Williams scored 17 points to lead the Philadelphia 76ers to a 107-98 victory over the Toronto Raptors in the first NBA pre-season game for both teams on Tuesday night.
Training camp hasn’t even begun and Raptors star Chris Bosh is already on the sidelines.