Three teams the Toronto Raptors want to face and three they want to avoid

  The reigning and defending NBA Champions, the Toronto Raptors, are being disrespected with Las Vegas betting odds at +2400x for the Raptors to repeat. However, the Raptors are currently second-best in the NBA’s Eastern Conference and third overall in the NBA. As a top-five team in the NBA, there are three teams the Toronto […]
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Author: Jason Mills / Raptors HQ

The Toronto Raptors can make it back to the NBA Finals

The Toronto Raptors are the most under the radar defending champs in NBA history. But don’t let that fool you, the Raptors are a legit threat to make it back to the Finals this season. The NBA and the Toronto Raptors season is set to resume on July 31. Teams will play eight regular-season games before […]
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Author: Mark Birdsell / Raptors HQ

The Toronto Raptors should be buyers, not sellers at the trade deadline

Even though the Toronto Raptors are defending NBA champions, no one expected them to compete for a title again this year. Now, they’re proving everyone wrong and might be one trade away from seriously contending. Before the season began, many thought the Toronto Raptors would take a significant step back after their championship run last […]
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Author: Jordan Fleguel / Raptors HQ

Defining success for the Toronto Raptors upcoming campaign

Entering the season as the defending champions, what are reasonable expectations for the Toronto Raptors this year? All or nothing. Three words which define the Toronto Raptor’s aspirations for this season. But is a championship-or-bust mentality the most realistic plan for the short-term and long-term outlook of this franchise? Certain franchises straddle the line between […]
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Author: Geethan Viswathasan / Raptors HQ

5 thoughts from Blue Monday ⁠— A 3-2 loss to St. Louis

The defending Stanley Cup Champion St. Louis Blues came into Toronto and steamrolled the Leafs by a 3-2 score.
Wait, what?
More accurately, the Leafs fell behind 1-0, scored twice in 24 seconds, and then saw a pair of unanswered goals dictate the narrative as Toronto couldn’t find enough to muster up a late tying goal for a second consecutive game.
Here’s 5 thoughts on the game that was, well, something.
1. Jason Spezza wants to be here

What a play by Spezza to set up Gauthier’s tying goal pic.twitter.com/xRSzuiVMUh
— The Leafs Nation (@TLNdc) October 8, 2019

After a bit of a back-and-forth in the preseason with head coach Mike Babcock, Jason Spezza’s great effort helped to make things 1-1 midway through the second. Looking every bit like he deserves to be a part of the roster, Spezza earned his first point as a Leaf on the play.
Having found his way into just two of the Leafs’ games so far (and having had been a healthy scratch last year in the playoffs for Dallas), Spezza likely knows he can’t just waltz into a roster spot. But he looked alright in his first go around in Toronto, and …

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Author: Adam Laskaris / The Leafs Nation

Will the Toronto Raptors be buyers at the trade deadline?

The defending champions are earmarked for another playoff berth this season, but what are the odds the Toronto Raptors are buyers at the trade deadline? Buy or sell? Stick or twist? Just like poker and the stock market, the NBA is all about hedging your bets whenever necessary. For the Toronto Raptors, that could be […]
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Author: Thomas Valentine / Raptors HQ

Should the Jays be in on Blake Swihart?

The Boson Red Sox are in flux right now, as the defending champions are currently sitting in a tie with the Blue Jays for last in the American League East with a 6-11 record. After a humiliating loss to the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday afternoon, the Red Sox designated catcher/outfielder Blake Swihart for assignment, opening room to recall Sandy Leon from Triple-A.

Wonder if Ben Cherington, who drafted Swihart, would think he’s worth a shot. Maybe move him to a corner outfield spot full-time and give him a run? https://t.co/l3al6gjEiY
— BVH (@BVHJays) April 16, 2019

I generally wouldn’t do a post discussing a random player on the DFA wire, but Swihart has an interesting connection with the Blue Jays. He was selected with the 26th overall pick in the 2011 draft by the Red Sox back when Ben Cherington was the organization’s senior vice president and assistant general manager. Cherington, of course, is now the Blue Jays’ vice-president of baseball operations.

Swihart should be allowed to sue John Farrell and Dave Dombrowski for the hash they made of his career. https://t.co/3ihzl9qXkh
— Jon Tayler, Smiling Politely (@JATayler) April 16, 2019

Swihart, now 27 years old, …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation