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The Toronto Raptors are finally playing basketball in Toronto again after a very long time away.
The continuous pandemic forced a great deal of things to be done far in a different way. One of those things was where the Toronto Raptors played their house games. Generally, its in Toronto at Scotiabank Arena, however that hasnt held true for 584 days, because February 28, 2020, the last time the Raptors played a true home game. The team concluded their 2019-20 season in the NBAs Orlando bubble and played the 2020-21 home games in Tampa, Florida at the Amalie Arena due to COVID-19 travel constraints.
On Monday night, the group lastly returned to their home court for a preseason game versus the Philadelphia 76ers, and they were happy to be house.
Toronto Raptors finally go back to home court
Although it was simply the preseason, Toronto dealt with fans to a 123-107 success. It was a good intro to the team that is largely different from the one that took the court last time they existed. Especially missing out on is Raptors legend Kyle Lowry, who delegated sign up with the Miami Heat in a sign-and-trade this summer.
Toronto fans now have brand-new faces like veteran Goran Dragic, Precious Achiuwa, Gary Trent Jr. and No. 4 general choice Scottie Barnes. The brand-new lot will be tasked with getting the perennial playoff Raptors back to the postseason after missing in 2015 with a 27-45 record.
Fans are happy to be able to see the team play in the house again and they will be even better if they return to winning. Torontos regular-season house opener will be Oct. 20 against the Washington Wizards.
One of those things was where the Toronto Raptors played their house video games. Normally, its in Toronto at Scotiabank Arena, however that hasnt been the case for 584 days, because February 28, 2020, the last time the Raptors played a true home video game. The group concluded their 2019-20 season in the NBAs Orlando bubble and played the 2020-21 home video games in Tampa, Florida at the Amalie Arena due to COVID-19 travel restrictions.