Toronto Raptors should walk away from Terence Davis

Toronto Raptors should walk away from Terence Davis

I believe that anyone is innocent until proven guilty, but the Toronto Raptors should walk away from Terence Davis. A few days ago, Toronto Raptors guard Terence Davis was charged in New York City after allegedly assaulting his girlfriend. This isn’t the first time we’ve seen this scenario in Toronto, but I hope it’s the last. […]
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Author: Stephen Nixon / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors should target Victor Oladipo in the offseason

League insiders are beginning to believe that Victor Oladipo’s time in Indiana could be coming to an end. Oladipo is a near-perfect fit with the Toronto Raptors, should he be made available in the offseason. One of the biggest storylines of the NBA resumption is players deciding not to return to play. This is happening […]
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Author: Mark Birdsell / Raptors HQ

The 5 most rewatchable Blue Jays games of all-time

It’s hard to believe that Opening Day was originally scheduled to take place this week, because baseball is indefinitely on hold. Unless you’re playing MLB The Show and playing through the 2020 campaign, there’s no facsimile of Major League Baseball going on right now.
To help fill the void, Sportsnet is re-airing some of the most memorable games in Blue Jays history over the next few weeks. But if you miss those viewings and find yourself with a spare block of three or four hours, there are plenty of Blue Jays games that are worth rewatching.
Due to the sheer number of games in the archives, not every Blue Jays game is available out there, but in my humble opinion, these are the top five Blue Jays games you should go back and watch again.
5. Halladay carves up the Yankees with a complete game one-hitter

I sincerely wish there was full footage of this game, but unfortunately, the condensed video of this game was the best footage available. All you need to know is Roy Halladay put on a clinic against one of the Blue Jays’ biggest rivals: the New York Yankees.
Doc was …

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Author: Ian Hunter / Blue Jays Nation

What could a healthy Leafs lineup look like?

It may be hard to believe, but we are more than halfway through the season, and we still haven’t had a completely healthy Leafs team.
It started with Travis Dermott and Zach Hyman, and just before they were healthy, John Tavares was hurt for a bit, and then Mitch Marner got hurt. Then just as we got him back, it was Trevor Moore and Andreas Johnsson, and while we haven’t gotten either of them back, we’ve also lost Ilya Mikheyev (likely for the rest of the regular season) and Jake Muzzin.
But, that’s far from a bad team. Dermott’s injury gave us a hint of Rasmus Sandin. Johnsson and Hyman’s injuries provided us a chance to see Mikheyev excel in a top 6 role. Moore’s injury has seen the emergence of Pierre Engvall. At the very least, we’ve gotten good use out of our depth, and it has allowed us to deal with these injuries without missing a beat (that wasn’t Babcock-inflicted).
But, there’s a good chance that we can enter the playoffs with an actually healthy lineup (*knocks on wood*), …

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Author: Scott Maxwell / The Leafs Nation

Andersen has stepped up his play this series

It’s hard to believe that 10 years ago, we were hard pressed for a decent goaltender to help us get to the playoffs. I love James Reimer as much as the next guy (probably more), but when he’s the best goalie that’s been between the Leafs pipes, that means you’ve had goalie problems.
That’s why Frederik Andersen has been such a blessing for the Leafs. Not only is he a capable goalie, but he’s very consistent, aside from that one month a year that he struggles (but that comes with most goalie). That’s why he’s got the nickname Steady Freddy, or even FredEx. When he’s in the net, you know he’ll deliver a good performance.
But, the postseason hasn’t been overly kind to Freddie during his time as a Leaf. His .915 save percentage in 2017 was about what we’d expect from him, but his .896 last season against Boston was the worst of his playoff career, and a huge red flag for Leafs fans going into this series.
In fact, it could be argued that how bad he was played a huge role in the eventual loss to the Bruins last …

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Author: Scott Maxwell / The Leafs Nation

Five thoughts on last night’s Game 1: Magic 104, Raptors 101 

I can’t believe we’re right back here again, talking about Game 1 struggles. This year’s Toronto Raptors team was supposed to be different. It is different! It has Kawhi Leonard! Three of the four mainstays in the “The Raptors are shaky in the playoffs” narrative are gone!
But it was same old, same old yesterday. Everything’s changed, but nothing’s changed.
Not a Bad Gameplan, But…
So it looked like the Raptors made a concerted effort to contain Aaron Gordon, Nikola Vucevic, and Terrence Ross yesterday, and in that, they were successful. The Magic’s three leading scorers were held to just 31 points on 9-of-35 shooting yesterday; Marc Gasol bodied Vucevic successfully, and the Raptors doubled often, while Kawhi Leonard, Danny Green and Norman Powell did a great job denying Gordon and Ross and preventing them from getting good shots.
That meant the Magic needed big games from their backcourt players… and D.J. Augustin, Michael Carter-Williams and Evan Fournier came through. The Raptors had no answer for Augustin in the first half, where he got anywhere he wanted on the court and racked up 19 points on 7-of-9 shooting. That meant Nick Nurse had to switch Danny …

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Author: Josh Kern / Raptors HQ