Title: Big Blowouts: Drubbing of Bulls is the latest in Raptors’ fun history
Date: November 19, 2018
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic, I looked back at some of the biggest blowouts in Raptors history following their 39-point drubbing of the Bulls.
The Toronto Raptors were absolutely dominant this weekend, shaking off a three-game losing streak in palate-cleansing fashion. This across-the-board victory came, of course, at Universal Studios in Orlando, where a handful of Raptors came away big winners.
Setting the stage for the epic sweep at Universal was a Saturday night performance in Chicago where the Raptors, including several of the end-of-roster players pictured above, hammered the Bulls. The 122-83 victory is enough on its own, but some of the extenuating factors in the fourth-largest blowout in Raptors franchise history make the feat even more impressive.
Most notably, the Raptors were down four rotation players. Kawhi Leonard sat out the second night of a back-to-back for rest, OG Anunoby missed the game with a wrist sprain, C.J. miles was absent due to an adductor strain, and a recently sling-free Norman Powell is still out rehabbing a shoulder subluxation. That left the team with just 12 healthy bodies, including Jordan Loyd and Chris Boucher who are on two-way contracts. The pair were only recalled as emergency depth, and had six NBA points between them. And sure, the Bulls were out Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn, Denzel Valentine, Bobby Portis and Lauri Markkanen, so it’s hardly accurate for the Raptors to cry disadvantage, but it did make for what, in time, should be one of the most bizarre Raptors boxscores. People will look back on this in a few years — a 39-point victory where nobody scores 20, nobody posts a double-double, and 12 different Raptors, five of them not in the rotation, score — quite fondly.