While the Suns won over Raptors 99-95 on Tuesday, there was one particular Raptor that Devin Booker made an exception for – and he’s not on the roster.
According to provincial security guidelines in Ontario, no fans with tickets are allowed to attend Raptors home games. Instead, participation is limited to 1,000 people, most of whom are employees, friends, family and the Raptors mascot, aptly named “The Raptor”.
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With the Suns holding a one-point lead in the final seconds of the game, Booker took the lead in hopes of postponing the game.
After roaring in his first free throw, the visibly frustrated Booker pointed to the section behind the basket and told the referee that someone had jumped when he shot the ball. Sun Forward Jae Crowder also pointed in the same direction, pointing out what had just happened.
While Suns broadcasters (who were not present) incorrectly assumed it was a ballboy, Booker turned out to point to the Raptors mascot, who, as the only “fan” in the arena, tried to distract 87.1. percent of shooters from free throws with a line game.
In response to Booker’s and Crowder’s complaints, the Raptor was thrown into a corner of the floor, out of Booker’s field of vision.
Booker knocked on the second free throw and moved the Suns three points away with 6.5 seconds left.
Is there a starting dispute? When the Suns won, Booker indicated that the rift between him and the Raptor was water under the bridge, and told reporters “We’ll cool off now.”
It’s a good thing it’s worked out.