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Raptors Have Precedent For Scottie Barnes’ Early Walk Off

The Toronto Raptors will have to have a serious conversation with Scottie Barnes about leadership following his early departure Monday night

Scottie Barnes needs to be better.

It’s OK to have a bad night once in a while. It’s OK for the 22-year-old Barnes to still be learning as he grows into his new role as the face of the franchise for the Toronto Raptors. What’s not OK, though, is how Monday’s 23-point loss to the San Antonio Spurs ended.

With 20 or so seconds still on the clock, Barnes got up from his seat on the bench and began walking to the locker room. After an embarrassing effort from the team, Barnes decided he’d seen enough.

“It is definitely a learning opportunity for all the players on the team,” Raptors coach Darko Rajaković said of Barnes’ early departure. “This is not the performance that we want to have, the competitive spirit that we want to have. So everybody is going to look in the mirror and figure out what we need to do.”

Toronto has a precedent in these situations.

In 2020, Pascal Siakam took a frustration foul in the final seconds of a seven-point loss to the Philadelphia 76ers and walked off the court and into the locker room with 26 seconds remaining in the game. He was then held out the following night as a disciplinary measure.

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