The Toronto Raptors may have lost in blowout fashion against the Charlotte Hornets on Friday, but they certainly got some positives as well after Scottie Barnes’ sensational game.
Barnes exploded for a career-high 28 points to lead the Raptors’ offense. The youngster also had five rebounds and two steals, though it’s unfortunate Toronto lost 125-93.
Despite the embarrassing defeat, Barnes seemed pretty happy with his performance. As he noted following the game, he feels way better physically after the All-Star break.
“I would say the (all-star) break helped my legs feel rejuvenated, feel good again. Now it’s time to really lock in, get back to work, and keep trying to win games,” Barnes shared, per Josh Lewenberg of The Sports Network.
This is certainly the kind of mentality Raptors fans want to see from their rookie, who could very well be a cornerstone player for the team moving forward. While the defeat can be frustrating, Toronto can’t let it put them down.
With that said, props to Scottie Barnes for focusing on the positives of the game despite the loss.
Barnes had a rather forgettable All-Star break as he trended for all the wrong reasons, thanks to his hilarious display in the Clutch Challenge. Clearly, though, he was taking things lightly and focused more on enjoying himself.
Hopefully, the Raptors can bounce back as they try to stay in playoff contention. They dropped to 32-26 on the season with the Friday loss, but they remain in the seventh seed and still has a lot at cracking the top six.