Whereas the Suns earned a 99-95 highway win over the Raptors on Tuesday, there was one explicit Raptor that Devin Booker took exception to — and he is not on the roster.
Per provincial security tips in Ontario, no ticketed followers are permitted to attend Raptors house video games. As a substitute, attendance is restricted to 1,000 folks, which is basically made up of employees, mates, household and the Raptors mascot, aptly named “The Raptor.”
With the Suns holding a one-point lead late within the recreation’s last seconds, Booker stepped to the road in hopes of placing the sport away.
After rattling in his first free throw, a visibly-frustrated Booker pointed in the direction of the part behind the basket and tells a referee that somebody jumped as he shot the ball. Suns ahead Jae Crowder additionally pointed in the identical course, drawing consideration to what had simply transpired.
Whereas the Suns’ broadcasters (who weren’t in attendance) incorrectly assumed that it was a ballboy, it seems that Booker was pointing in the direction of the Raptors’ mascot, who, as the one “fan” within the area, tried to distract the 87.1 p.c free throw shooter with the sport on the road.
In response to the complaints of Booker and Crowder, The Raptor was banished to the nook of the ground, out of Booker’s visual field.
Booker would rattle house the second free throw to place the Suns up by three factors with 6.5 seconds remaining.
Is there a budding feud? With the Suns incomes the win, Booker indicated that the rift between him and the Raptor is water beneath the bridge, telling reporters “we cool now.”
It is a good factor that is settled.