How the Toronto Raptors can come back against the Boston Celtics

After dropping the first two games, the Toronto Raptors are in desperate need of a change of plans. The Toronto Raptors are one of the sweetest 3-point shooting teams around. They shot for 37% from deep and ranked fifth in the league in 3-point field goal percentage during the regular season and smacked the Brooklyn […]
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Author: Louis Pavlakos / Raptors HQ

Reevaluating the Toronto Raptors’ buyout market options

Potential buyout options for the Toronto Raptors are dropping like flies. After reevaluating the market, who remains an option? Now that the All-Star break is behind us and the final portion of the NBA season is underway, the buyout market is in full swing and names are dropping off the board just as fast as […]
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Author: Thomas Valentine / Raptors HQ

That’s Krappy! No Kapanen tonight, intrigue instead

So the Leafs are dropping like flies today…
So there are three likely things this could be…
1. Kapanen has caught the same flu plaguing Travis Dermott and the boring answer is the correct one.
2. Kapanen is being scratched for performance reasons. I can’t see that, but not  impossible.
3. TRADE SZN, Baby!!! Kapanen is being held out because the Leafs have a pending trade.
Given that Kapanen has been rumoured for every right handed defenseman in the league, wouldn’t this be the fun and intriguing option.
I guess we’ll find out what is happening soon enough, but for now, speculate away.

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Game 2 Analysis: What was with the Raptors’ lineup rotation?

After dropping Game 2, we dig into the numbers to decide what exactly the Raptors did wrong. Missing shots is one thing, but this is something else. This — and you know what this is already — is getting annoying. The Raptors lost Game 2 to the Philadelphia 76ers, despite very much having a chance to win. They managed to dig themselves out of two deficits, one in the first half and one late in the fourth, but couldn’t quite manage to take the lead. What’s worse: there are some obvious reasons why they couldn’t.
So yeah, this is getting annoying. Let’s dig into what happened in Game 2.
Indefensible Rotation Decisions
Let’s go through a section from the Game 1 post and see how it aged.
In the 13 minutes against Ibaka, Embiid was unstoppable… He put up 13 points on 10 used possessions and grabbed two offensive boards in those 13 minutes. Overall his line in those minutes pro-rated out to 35 points and 11 rebounds per 36 minutes. And most importantly, Embiid and the 76ers were +14 in those minutes when they got the Ibaka matchup.
In Game 2, in 13 minutes with Joel Embiid matched up with Serge Ibaka, once again the 76ers were +14 in those minutes. …

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Author: Daniel Hackett / Raptors HQ

Game 5 Thoughts: Clutch and Complete Leafs Win In Boston

Going back to Boston after dropping Wednesday’s Game 4 at home could have gone one of two ways for the Leafs. They could have walked out of Boston down 3-2 in their first-round series, staring down elimination and hoping to force a 7th game, or they could have left the Boston Bruins on the brink as the series heads back to Toronto.
Tonight, the Leafs proved that they’re good enough to push the Bruins to the brink. And here they are, after a clutch 2-1 victory, up 3-2 and heading back home for a 3pm date with the Bruins on Sunday afternoon, where they’ll look to slay the dragon for good.
Let’s have a look at how things went down.
The Goals
Let’s do things a little differently, and fast forward to the magic the Leafs conjured up in the final frame of this game.

We finally have the icebreaker. Hyman takes a hit and Matthews blasts it in the slot. 1-0 Leafs. #LeafsForever pic.twitter.com/Fm7bQUb23e
— Maple Leafs Hotstove (@LeafsNews) April 20, 2019
New dad Jake Muzzin used his Dad Strength to find Auston Matthews with the cross-ice pass, and Matthews made no mistake, …

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Author: ThatsKappy / The Leafs Nation