Toronto Raptors draft: 3 point guards with the same style as Kyle Lowry

Toronto Raptors draft: 3 point guards with the same style as Kyle Lowry

The Toronto Raptors couldn’t have picked a better time to end up with the No. 4 pick in the NBA Draft, as they could face their first season in almost a decade without Kyle Lowry in the fold. This could be the guiding philosophy behind the Raptors draft plan in 2021. The Raptors could look […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Raptors rumors: DeMar DeRozan, Kyle Lowry potentially eyeing Lakers

Raptors rumors: DeMar DeRozan, Kyle Lowry potentially eyeing Lakers

For the better part of a decade, DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry made up an exceptional Toronto Raptors backcourt, and while that duo never won a championship as a unit, they remain two of the greatest players in franchise history. Both of these players could be on the move this season, as Lowry is an […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

The Blue Jays have submitted an application to the Canadian federal government to return to Toronto for July 30

Is there a better way to celebrate the Fourth of July than seeing a report that the Blue Jays might be coming back to Canada by the end of the month?

Yesterday, a Twitter account called BLUEJAYS HOTSTOVE posted that the team is working to come back to the Rogers Centre with fans for July 30, which would be the beginning of a 10-game homestand against Kansas City, Cleveland, and Boston.

Interesting bit of news to share…
Blue Jays are working to have the team return to Toronto to play WITH FANS for the July 30th game. The plan should get the green light from all levels of government.
— BLUEJAYS HOTSTOVE (@bluejayhotstove) July 4, 2021

The Blue Jays have committed to playing in Buffalo through July 21. After that six-game homestand, the team will hit the road to New York to play the Mets and Boston to face the Red Sox. After that, though, they haven’t yet determined where they’ll play.
Later in the day, Shi Davidi reported at Sportsnet that the Blue Jays have submitted an application to the Canadian federal government to return to Toronto. Davidi went on to say that the proposal has already received the green light at …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Toronto Raptors: 3 West teams Raps could trade with in the offseason

Toronto Raptors: 3 West teams Raps could trade with in the offseason

The Toronto Raptors will be better in 2021-22 than they were this year given the monsoon of misfortune that crashed down onto this team. Despite that, this front office knows that staying complacent is a good way to end up getting lapped by teams who took a more proactive approach to roster construction. With the […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Raptors: Panic or patience on 3 struggling players

Raptors: Panic or patience on 3 struggling players

Despite the 7-11 record, this a better Toronto Raptors team right now than the team at the beginning of the season. Some of the reasons why the Raptors were struggling were because the defense was not as effective as last season and Pascal Siakam’s struggles in the bubble came with Siakam to Tampa. Even though […]
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Author: Pirasanth Gunasekaram / Raptors HQ

It was 4-1….but for a different Toronto hockey team

Well, that game certainly started better for the Toronto Six, who scored their first ever goal just over 8 minutes into the game with a beautiful snipe from Lindsay Eastwood:

LINDSAY EASTWOOD
FIRST GOAL IN FRANCHISE HISTORY pic.twitter.com/s5MJTMAeD1
— Toronto Six (@TheTorontoSix) January 24, 2021

The celebrations from fans online and the team in the rink were as joyful as you might expect, and it just got better from there…
Until it didn’t. Let’s break down today’s 6-5 shootout loss to the Minnesota Whitecaps.
*Check here for a full play by play recap of the game.
The Good (and Great)
There is actually a lot of good to discuss, despite the undesirable outcome. Toronto dominated SOG in every period and in OT, with a final tally of 37-25. They won 58.9% of the faceoffs and were 3/11 on the powerplay. Yes, that’s right — Toronto had eleven powerplays. If we were doing a Whitecaps post game that would certainly be worth dissecting a bit more. For Toronto though, who scored the majority of their goals on the powerplay, there’s both good and not so good to take away from that.
We have heard from head coach Digit Murphy …

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Author: Mer / The Leafs Nation

Raptors: This stat shows just how unlucky Toronto has been during their 2-8 start

Raptors: This stat shows just how unlucky Toronto has been during their 2-8 start

The Toronto Raptors are playing better than their 2-8 record. Monday night’s heartbreaking loss against the Portland Trail Blazers, which came just 24 hours after the Golden State Warriors prevailed in a similar fashion, shows exactly how tough the start to the 2020-21 season has been for Nick Nurse and the Toronto Raptors. While plenty […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

What to expect from Ilya Mikheyev this summer

No Leafs free agency signing has better captured the imagination of the fan base than Ilya Mikheyev. The KHL forward instantly made splashes on Leafs twitter and blogs with his unconditional love for soup, and further cemented his popularity with his speed and gritty play on the ice. For the Leafs, the addition of Mikheyev last summer was a nice depth signing in a year where the lineup was in constant flux due to injuries on both the left and right wing. Unfortunately, Mikheyev suffered his own quite scary injury when his wrist was slashed by Jesper Bratt in late December – in classic Mikheyev fashion, he battled through shortly after the incident to start a breakout amidst a Devil’s forecheck before rushing to the bench.
This has left more questions than answers for the Leafs, who need to constantly make careful decisions about resigning players, and didn’t benefit from the smaller sample size of games for Mikheyev. This post will attempt to asses Mikheyev’s value based on his production, suggest some potential routes forward for the Leafs, and go into additional detail on the series against Columbus.
By the numbers
As mentioned above, …

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Author: mackinawstats / The Leafs Nation

The Blue Jays select Austin Martin with the fifth-overall pick

Well, that went better than expected! With the fifth-overall pick in the 2020 MLB draft, the Blue Jays selected Austin Martin, a multi-position player from Vanderbilt.

According to Keith Law, Martin is the best player available in the draft, so this is a massive win for the Jays to snag him at number five. After Spencer Torkelson went to Detroit with the first pick, both Baltimore and Miami went off the board, leaving the Jays with Martin.

Law says he hears the Jays will take Martin. “An enormous home run. Blue Jays fans should be over the moon. I think they get the best player in the draft.”
— Andrew Stoeten (@AndrewStoeten) June 10, 2020

Martin slashed a .377/.507/.660 line for Vanderbilt this year over the course of 16 games before the season was killed due to COVID-19. Perhaps most impressive, Martin struck out only twice in 69 plate appearances. Very nice.
Coming into the draft, Martin was ranked No. 2 on MLB Pipeline’s Top 200 list, so, again, it’s incredible the Jays were able to snag him where they were drafting.
The best pure hitter in the 2020 Draft, Martin has tremendous feel for the barrel and makes consistent hard contact with a short, …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Toronto Raptors: VanVleet has been good, but he can be much better

VanVleet has definitely gotten better with the Toronto Raptors over the years, but there is still one area of his game that needs a lot of work. Fred VanVleet does a lot of things right. He can shoot, pass, play defense, and can be plugged into any situation. He played a big part in the […]
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Author: Alexandro Fidanza / Raptors HQ