Leafs still looking to get back in the win column against soaring Jets

After a deflating series of three losses, the Leafs are once again hoping to find a solution to Connor Hellebuyck and the Winnipeg Jets. While the first meeting of the two teams went well for the Leafs, Tuesday’s matchup was tougher on them, even more so because it rounded out three losses in a row.
The Leafs players remain largely positive and optimistic about where the team is in the standings and in terms of their play, though Sheldon Keefe was a bit more critical following Tuesday’s loss:

Sheldon Keefe on #Leafs:
“You either have winning habits, or you have losing habits. And when you have losing habits, you end up giving up free goals, and then when you don’t score enough on the other side of it, you lose games.”
— Kristen Shilton (@kristen_shilton) March 10, 2021

While a skid was inevitable following such a strong start during the first half the season, getting to four losses in a row would be concerning. If the Leafs want to halt this slide they’re going to need to play a full 60 minutes, find a way past an elite goalie, and get some help in their own net, as well. Having …

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Author: Mer / The Leafs Nation

Listen to That’s A Rap #13: Post-Game 1 vs. Magic Reaction

The Rap crew get together to react to Toronto’s deflating Game 1 loss to the Magic. It’s time to listen to the first Playoff Edition of That’s A Rap. Well, kids, how was that for a Magic trick? It took the Raptors all of one game to be reminded that nothing will be easy on their road to the NBA Finals. Listen as the boys break down game one of Raptors-Magic.

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Toronto got off to a slow start from beyond the arc, showed some fight in overcoming an early 16-point deficit, and, ultimately, fell short in the final minute. Kyle Lowry will not-quite-deservedly receive a ton of criticism for going scoreless, despite producing some good (non-shooting) stats. The Raptors were able to shut down Nikola Vucevic. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case with Forever Raptor Killer, DJ Augustin.
As deflating as this loss was, there were lots of positives that emerged. Playoff Kawhi was unleashed, Siakam out-performed, and great ball movement generated a lot of open looks in the first half.
Sometimes the simplest explanations can be the most effective. The Raptors simply need to knock down shots. Toronto ranked in the top five …

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Author: JayRosales / Raptors HQ