Toronto Raptors struggle in the second half and fall to the Chicago Bulls
FiredUp Network Sports Writer
Monday, March 21, 2022
A pivotal game for the Toronto Raptors regarding their standing in the eastern conference but were unable to take advantage and come away with the victory, losing 113-99 to the Chicago Bulls. Offensively the team looked tired and lifeless, with no one really dominant to help carry them to a victory.
Fred VanVleet struggled in his return to the lineup finishing with 19 points on 7-22 shooting from the field. He wasn't able to get a feel for the game and it was detrimental to the entire offense of the Toronto Raptors. Along with Scottie Barnes with an uncharacteristic outing, it was too much for Pascal Siakam to handle on his own.
Siakam finished with 22 points on 8-14 shooting from the field. In the first half, he was great but the Bulls' defense really locked in on him during the second half making him not nearly as effective.
Demar DeRozan was sensational yet again with 26 points on just 11-14 shooting from the field. He was getting to his spots and torching the Toronto defense. Whenever the Raptors had their eyes set on a run, DeRozan and Zach Lavine stopped those plans with timely shots.
The Raptors overall just looked sluggish and like they were on the second night of a back-to-back, which they were. Since the Cleveland Cavaliers lost, this would've been a great game for Toronto to win.
Toronto now drops to 40-32 on the season and will get a couple of days' worth of rest before facing off against the Cavaliers on Thursday at 7:30 PM ET.