How did Pascal Siakam’s return change the Toronto Raptors’ scheme?

How did Pascal Siakam’s return change the Toronto Raptors’ scheme?

Toronto Raptors head coach Nick Nurse had a plan to insert Pascal Siakam back into the starting lineup, and it was very on-brand. He took the progressive route, threw positional basketball to the winds, and got creative enough to play him at the center position over Precious Achiuwa against the Brooklyn Nets.  From a personnel […]
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Author: Avishai Sol / Raptors HQ

Toronto Maple Leafs hope to carry winning momentum into first Bruins matchup in nearly two years

Sheldon Keefe has been head coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs for over 100 games and yet tonight will mark the very first time that he finds himself behind the bench in a game against the Boston Bruins. What a strange few years it’s been.
Despite the fact that these two teams haven’t played each other since November 15, 2019, the flame of this Atlantic rivalry has not stopped burning, at least not for Leafs fans who still see the Bruins as the dragon that might be slain en route to elusive post season success. Having won four games in a row, Toronto is looking to keep up the momentum and help the fanbase continue to forget about the early slump that had many people hitting the panic button on the season just a month in. While this recent string of success has helped to quell the frustrations of many in Leafs Nation, it has lead to others asking why the team can’t look this dominant all the time.
As the Amazon documentary showcased, the team’s management knows that Toronto’s biggest weakness is their own mindset, often seeming like they don’t care or aren’t willing to …

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Author: Filipe Dimas / The Leafs Nation

Keefe’s Leafs: what is this team doing differently?

After two incomplete seasons as the Leafs’ head coach, it feels like Sheldon Keefe has been around here a long time. But at the head coaching position in the NHL, he came into this season with just over 100 games under his belt, a little more than 1 full season.
Now, 2 games into the year, we’re already hearing rumblings of whether he’s the right fit for this team. In those partial seasons, Keefe’s Leafs had a better in-season record than any of Mike Babcock’s Leafs. Of course, there’s an asterisk on the 2020-21 season because they got to beat up on the Ottawa Senators for a higher percentage of their games than normal (notwithstanding Thursday night’s disappointment). Still, his overall points percentage with Toronto is 65.7%, a fair notch higher than Babcock’s tenure here with 55.7%.
What I’m curious about, which perhaps you’re curious about it too which and that’s why you’re here, is: what is Keefe having this team do differently at 5v5, and how does that bear itself out in the numbers?
The head coach is the primary influence at 5v5, while assistant coaches generally run the special teams on the …

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Author: Ryan Hobart / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Raptors: Nick Nurse’s Canada eliminated from Olympic qualifying

Toronto Raptors: Nick Nurse’s Canada eliminated from Olympic qualifying

Toronto Raptors head coach Nick Nurse, who brought Canada their first championship when he guided Kawhi Leonard and company to the title in 2019, has taken ownership of the Canadian national team with the hope of ending their Olympic drought that extends all the way back to the days of Steve Nash. Canada is sporting […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Should the Pacers have fired former Raptors assistant Nate Bjorkgren?

Should the Pacers have fired former Raptors assistant Nate Bjorkgren?

The Toronto Raptors saw another disciple of head coach Nick Nurse earn himself an NBA head coaching job last offseason, as Nate Bjorkgren was named the next coach of an Indiana Pacers team that is trying anything and everything to get over the hump. Bjorkgren immediately turned a team that 23rd in points scored and […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Toronto Six name new head coach – Mark Joslin

The Toronto Six have a new head coach! Mark Joslin will succeed Digit Murphy, who will remain in her role as President of the Toronto Six organization.
From the team’s press release:
“Joslin has been involved at elite levels of the game for over 20 years and most recently spent four seasons with the Toronto Patriots of the Ontario Junior Hockey League between 2016-20. The first two seasons were in the general manager’s role before adding head coach to his title. Now after over a decade in men’s junior hockey, Joslin says making a difference is what led him to the Toronto Six.”
Joslin himself had the following to say about the appointment:
“I just love where women’s hockey is right now and the direction it’s going,” said the new bench boss. “It’s been a dream of mine to always coach pro hockey. Signing on with the Toronto Six after talking to Digit and getting this opportunity with the only (NWHL) franchise in Canada is special. I think timing-wise and where I am in my career, it’s a great opportunity for me to come in and educate to hopefully make a difference for this …

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Author: Mer / The Leafs Nation

Raptors: Why in the world is Matt Thomas not getting minutes?

Raptors: Why in the world is Matt Thomas not getting minutes?

If Toronto Raptors head coach Nick Nurse can get criticized for anything in this unusual season, one can look at his rotation choices, as which players end up with more playing time off of the bench seem to be completely arbitrary. One player that has found himself squeezed out of playing time is shooting guard […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Nate Bjorkgren: The Latest Toronto Raptors Graduate

Nate Bjorkgren: The Latest Toronto Raptors Graduate

Former Toronto Raptors Assistant Head Coach Nate Bjorkgren is thriving with the Indiana Pacers. So, the Toronto Raptors finally got their first win.  Mazal tov.  Still, while the city breathes a sigh of relief, we are far from comfortable with how the season’s started.  Maybe last year’s ability to maintain success while enduring the loss of […]
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Author: Avishai Sol / Raptors HQ

Toronto Six name Lisa Haley as assistant coach for inaugural season

Assistant coach number two has arrived for the Toronto Six.
 

We have named Lisa Haley as an assistant coach for the upcoming season
Lisa is an Olympic gold medalist and has over 20 years of international and collegiate coaching experience
Full Release: https://t.co/JPfDwcXumS pic.twitter.com/4w6TKa66PP
— Toronto Six (@TheTorontoSix) December 3, 2020

Haley will be joining Gary Soper as an assistant coach for the team alongside Head Coach and President Digit Murphy.
“I love being a part of firsts and embrace exciting new challenges,” Haley said in the Six’s press release. “I was drawn by the opportunity to work with influential female leaders with high ambitions for the Six and look forward to achieving our lofty goals in Lake Placid in January. Though COVID-19 has changed what the season will look like, the short-term, pressure-packed format is a challenge I am familiar with from my time with Hockey Canada and I look forward to tackling it again.”
Haley joined the Ryerson Rams as the first coach in the program’s history. In the 2018-19 season, Haley led the Rams to an OUA leading performance with a program-high record of 15-8-1, winning their first playoff series …

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Author: Marsha Joseph / The Leafs Nation

How Do Nick Nurse’s First Two Seasons Stack Up Against the All-Time Greats?

In his first two years, Nick Nurse won his first coach of the year award and led the Toronto Raptors to a championship. Now who else has done that? On Tuesday, news broke of the Toronto Raptors re-signing Nick Nurse to a new multi-year contract. The contract was universally praised after a strong 2019-20 season […]
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Author: Thomas Waind / Raptors HQ