Raptors: Waiving Freddie Gillespie had to happen after bad preseason

Raptors: Waiving Freddie Gillespie had to happen after bad preseason

The Toronto Raptors ended their preseason with a very impressive victory against the Washington Wizards, and that game was of extra significance to players like Freddie Gillespie, Sam Dekker, and Isaac Bonga, as these non-guaranteed players were fighting for space on the Opening Night roster. Gillespie looked like a lock to secure one of those […]
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Raptors: Draft expert claims Scottie Barnes is a better fit than Jalen Suggs

Raptors: Draft expert claims Scottie Barnes is a better fit than Jalen Suggs

The Toronto Raptors ended up securing the No. 4 selection in the 2021 NBA Draft, meaning that they are widely expected to select either USC center Evan Mobley, Gonzaga point guard Jalen Suggs, or G League star Jalen Green. Still, the Raptors may not have totally shut the door on Florida State standout Scottie Barnes. […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Raptors: Can Kyle Lowry sign-and-trade help Toronto land Ben Simmons?

Raptors: Can Kyle Lowry sign-and-trade help Toronto land Ben Simmons?

The Toronto Raptors and Philadelphia 76ers might’ve ended up on completely different sides of the Atlantic Division standings, but they could both be in the market for new point guards, as Kyle Lowry and Ben Simmons could both be in new jerseys by the time next year comes around. Lowry is an impending free agent […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Fast, furious, and fun: The Toronto Six debut season, and what it meant to fans

The Toronto Six inaugural season has ended, and though the team did not lift the Isobel Cup this year, by many measures the season was a resounding success. The team came into the league during a pandemic, in a strange time when the entirety of the season’s games were meant to be played in a short, 10 day bubble in Lake Placid. The Six had very little time together as an entire team to prepare, and yet what they accomplished was nothing short of impressive.
Before the season began, we ran a season preview with Head Coach and President Digit Murphy. In that post, Digit described the team’s identity and style as: “We play fast, we play furious, and we have a lot of fun.” It’s almost eery now, looking back, that those words also describe the team’s first season. Though they got off to a rocky start, dropping their first two games in Lake Placid, the Toronto Six quickly showed the other teams, and fans, that their identity was accurate.
Once they got their stride going, the Six dominated the pace of play in most of their match ups. It’s clear they have a highly …

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Author: Mer / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Raptors: Top 3 things that Gary Trent Jr. brings to the squad

Toronto Raptors: Top 3 things that Gary Trent Jr. brings to the squad

Although the Toronto Raptors ended a 10-game losing streak against Denver on Wednesday night, there was still a dark cloud looming as everyone watching the game wondered if this was Kyle Lowry’s final run with the team. Instead, it was long-time Raptor Norman Powell, who got traded to the Portland Trail Blazers for Gary Trent Jr. and […]
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Author: Shaun Suares / Raptors HQ

Raptors: Toronto should stay far away from DeMarcus Cousins

Raptors: Toronto should stay far away from DeMarcus Cousins

The DeMarcus Cousins experiment has ended in Houston, as the Rockets are going to part ways with him but that doesn’t mean the Toronto Raptors should pursue him. The former fifth-overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft was a star with the Sacramento Kings. Averaging as high as 27.7 points and 12.7 rebounds per game, […]
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Author: Stephen Nixon / Raptors HQ

Thornton returns as Leafs look to regroup against struggling Senators

Coming off a 2-1 loss to Montreal, which ended a 10 game point streak for the Toronto Maple Leafs, they look to regroup and start another streak tonight against the Ottawa Senators. Ottawa handed the Leafs their first loss of the season back in January, when they went down 5-3 with a shaky Frederik Andersen in net. However, their next matchup the following night ended with a Leafs win in front of a strong Jack Campbell. With Campbell still out injured and not likely to return in this Toronto – Ottawa series, Andersen will have to stand stronger in net than his first meeting with the Sens.

Jack Campbell is still more than a week from returning to the #leafs lineup, per Sheldon Keefe.
They’ve got a back-to-back Wednesday/Thursday vs. Ottawa.
— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) February 15, 2021

Toronto also made some transactional moves ahead of tonight’s game, sending Alexander Barabanov, Nic Petan, and Travis Boyd to the taxi squad, while adding Scott Sabourin to the roster. This is likely due to the one and only Jumbo Joe Thornton coming off injured reserve and back into the lineup tonight:

Sheldon Keefe said Joe Thornton will play tonight, knocking Nic Petan from the lineup.


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Author: Mer / The Leafs Nation

3 players who could leave the Toronto Raptors at the end of the season

If the NBA season ended today, changes could be made to the Toronto Raptors roster. Which three players could leave at the end of the season? With the NBA on hiatus, it’s becoming increasingly likely that the rest of the season could be on hold for a long time. There’s even a stark possibility that […]
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Author: Thomas Valentine / Raptors HQ

Grades as the Toronto Raptors get back on track against the Phoenix Suns

The Toronto Raptors ended their three-game losing streak with a win on the road against the Phoenix Suns. How did everyone grade in the win? Thankfully, the Toronto Raptors have got back on track in the nick of time. Heading into a tough road trip on the back of two losses is never fun, and […]
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Author: Thomas Valentine / Raptors HQ

The best headshots from Blue Jays spring training photo day

For most of us, the joy of photo day ended back in high school. But for professional athletes, the never-ending gift known as player photo day lives on. Every spring training, players parade themselves into a storage room lined with a coloured background and pose awkwardly in front of the camera.
By now, some of these players know what they’ve signed up for and treat photo day like any other spring training exercise, while others put some thought and care into their photo day poses.
The Blue Jays had their official spring training photo day last week and these are some standouts from the photo session.

Funny, that’s actually a fifty-foot hall redwood that’s been whittled down into a baseball bat for Vladdy.

Hyun-Jin Ryu looks like he’s enjoying his brand new uniform, albeit the colour scheme isn’t that much different from the Dodgers’ home whites.

Bo Bichette has perfected the “blue steel” look.

Cavan Biggio already has his album cover photo ready for his sophomore album: “Plate Recognition 2: Electric Bugaloo”.

Phillippe Aumont looks like he’s seen some stuff.

Teoscar Hernandez is elated …

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Author: Ian Hunter / Blue Jays Nation