Raptors ahead/heart Chris Boucher continues to indicate indicators of giant expertise, whereas principally coming off the bench this season. On Thursday, he began, and put up a monster recreation. By way of the Toronto Star:
Chris Boucher performed a recreation that was higher statistically than any ever earlier than by a Raptors large man.
Higher by numbers than something Chris Bosh ever did, or Pascal Siakam, or Antonio Davis, or Jonas Valanciunas, or any of the various different frontcourt gamers — good and unhealthy — within the first 2,044 video games of the franchise’s existence.
It was a beautiful evening: 38 factors and 19 rebounds in a loss to the Chicago Bulls on Thursday, one rebound shy of the primary 30-20 recreation ever by a Raptor and the primary time anybody has reached these numbers in the identical recreation.
There have been higher scoring nights — the record of 40-plus video games runs the gamut from Acie Earl to Andrea Bargnani to Bosh, who did it 9 occasions.
And there have been higher rebounding nights up entrance — Bismack Biyombo as soon as had 25; Bosh went over 20 twice, as did Valanciunas; Donyell Marshall had 24; Joey Dorsey as soon as grabbed 20.
However by no means earlier than had anybody put up 38 and 19, and for that Boucher ought to praised and held in excessive regard.
The Raptors are simply 20-32 this season, which is the eleventh finest document within the Jap convention.
Boucher is averaging 13.7 factors, 6.5 rebounds and 1.9 blocks in 23.6 minutes per recreation.