Fireworks inside Scotiabank Arena startle Toronto Raptor player
It was an electric start to the Toronto Raptors' 2022-23 season with a real nail-biter of a W at Scotiabank Arena on Wednesday evening.
The Raptors kicked off the season with a 108-105 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers in a back-and-forth slugfest, but it's a moment during the team’s pregame introductions that has everyone on social media is talking about the next day.
As the home team intros began, Raptors' power forward Precious Achiuwa reacted in apparent terror to celebratory fireworks set off in the arena, instinctively ducking and covering his head before playing it all off as if nothing happened.
Precious tryna play it off😭 pic.twitter.com/tMnHOUzEyw— Raptors Republic (@raptorsrepublic) October 19, 2022
Achiuwa's reaction to the fireworks had Raptors fans chattering well before the tip-off officially started the team's 2022-23 campaign for greatness.
That was the funniest thing ever dude— Noah Gilbert (@Noahgilberto19) October 19, 2022
Some are wondering if Achiuwa thought there was an active shooter situation unfolding in the building.
Tbf fireworks usually don’t go off inside buildings lol— Liz (@whodahellislisa) October 20, 2022
Fans are also noting the way Achiuwa attempted to casually play it off like he didn't just flinch in terror in front of a crowd of approximately 20,000 fans.
That's the old looking around hoping nobody saw me look— Joy Poi (@joyfulnesstoo) October 20, 2022
What some might remember is that this exact same thing happened last year, when home arena fireworks sent Achiuwa into duck-and-cover mode.
Precious getting scared by fireworks opening night 2021 vs 2022 🥲 pic.twitter.com/VNaHwjYvna— Michelle #5 Precious MIP (@PreciousRaptors) October 20, 2022
Precious logged 10 points and 5 rebounds in just under 18 minutes in Wednesday's thrilling season opener.
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