Toronto Raptors: The other 50-point games in Raptors history

Toronto Raptors: The other 50-point games in Raptors history

The Raptors franchise has not had the most star-studded cast of alumni.  As of now, there are zero Raptors in the Basketball Hall of Fame (unless you count Hakeem Olajuwon, and you shouldn’t count Hakeem Olajuwon), and seven All-Stars. Yes, the team had some recent success, and they’re still a relatively young franchise in the […]
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Author: Avishai Sol / Raptors HQ

Projecting the Blue Jays’ 2020 Opening Day bullpen

Bullpens are volatile by their very nature, but the cast of characters assembled at Blue Jays spring training might be the most volatile motley crew in recent memory.
Shi Davidi of Sportsnet mentioned this last week during his appearance on Sportsnet 590 The Fan’s “Writer’s Bloc”, but the bridge from the starter to Ken Giles is uncertain for Blue Jays. “I don’t know how they’re going to get the ball on a consistent basis protecting a lead from the starter to Ken Giles at this point,” Davidi said.
Yesterday’s signing of Marc Rzepczynski underscores how the Blue Jays’ bullpen is anything but a finished product.
Other than the aforementioned Giles and Anthony Bass, there are zero relievers who have pitched the last two seasons exclusively out of the bullpen. Sam Gaviglio, Wilmer Font, Thomas Pannone and A.J. Cole were all starters during the 2018 season and some of them picked up starts in 2019.
We’re not talking bona fide shutdown relievers, the Blue Jays have a lot of reclamation projects and recently converted starters-to-relievers on their bullpen depth chart. There are no shortage of …

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Author: Ian Hunter / Blue Jays Nation

Raptors go cold and lose Game 6 to Sixers, 112-101

Toronto’s supporting cast withered while the Sixers finally got a good Ben Simmons game. This series will go seven. The years are ticking off our collective life, but the Toronto Raptors still refuse to do things the easy way. After a Game 5 drubbing of the Sixers, it appeared the corner had finally been turned. The supporting cast had done their part, even during a mediocre Kawhi Leonard game. Happy surprises were happening everywhere — Siakam looks healthy again! Fred is making jumpers! Band-aid Serge over everything!
And yet… and yet.
The concept of momentum continues to be foreign in this second round series between the Raptors and Sixers, as very little of what happened in Game 5 carried over into Thursday’s Game 6 on Toronto’s side. Once again, the open shooting went cold, the rotations reverted back to problematic, and a hungry Philadelphia team capitalized. The Raptors had their runs, but ultimately fell well short — losing Game 6, 112-101. Game 7 is Sunday night in Toronto.
Statistically, the number bolded and highlighted on the scoresheet from tonight’s game is a bit off the wall: Joel Embiid posting a +40, the highest ever for a Raptors playoff opponent.
Despite a relatively quiet 17 points …

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Author: John Gaudes / Raptors HQ