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

News and Notes: Mid-season standings update, Justin Holl’s new contract, Ilya Mikheyev, and more

The Leafs ended the 2010s on a positive note, beating the Minnesota Wild by a score of 4-1 on New Year’s Eve. Sheldon Keefe’s team will head into the 2020s sitting in second place in the Atlantic Division with the surging Tampa Bay Lightning right behind them.

After three months of play, the Atlantic is finally looking normal. The Boston Bruins sit at the top of the pack with a healthy lead in the standings while the Leafs and Lightning, the two other teams who were expected to form the division’s Big Three, are in second and third respectively. While the Panthers, and, to a lesser extent, the Sabres and Habs, are in the mix, it seems like the second half of the season will be a fight between Toronto and Tampa for home-ice advantage in the playoffs.
Tampa is three points back but they have three games in hand on the Leafs. The teams will also play each other three more times before the end of the season. Despite a slower-than-expected start, the Lightning are looking more like last year’s Presidents’ Trophy winners as of late, as they’re …

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Author: Cam Lewis / The Leafs Nation

Grades from a Toronto Raptors overtime loss to the Indiana Pacers

After a tough game that ended with the Indiana Pacers forcing overtime, the Toronto Raptors fall just short of adding another win on the season. How did everyone grade? Both the Toronto Raptors and Indiana Pacers were on the second half of back-to-back games. The Raptors were hoping to keep the flame going from their […]
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Author: Lee Tanner / Raptors HQ

Who Blue Jays fans should cheer for and against in the playoffs

To the surprise of nobody, the Blue Jays ended up on the outside looking in this season. So, just as we have for all but two of the past two-and-a-half decades, Jays fans will be looking for a bandwagon to jump on.

If you say you’re the type of fan who doesn’t cheer for a different team in the playoffs than your own, I don’t believe you. We’ve got to witness playoff baseball twice since the team won back-to-back World Series Championships. There’s absolutely no way that any baseball fan went through all those years without having some kind of active rooting interest in a different team.
Maybe you don’t have an official second team you always pull for, but you’ve surely jumped on a bandwagon. Or, at the very least, you’ve cheered quietly for a team to win because you like a couple of players on the team. Hell, maybe you just like to cheer against teams you hate. All of that is fine.
As I do every fall and will continue to do for the next two decades until we get a couple more ALCS runs I’m going to …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Are the Toronto Raptors the greatest one-and-done team ever?

The Toronto Raptors reign over the NBA ended as quickly as it began. Will they go down as the greatest one-and-done team in NBA history? One-and-done teams and players are a staple of college basketball and have been for a number of years now. The college experience is now all about improving your star brand […]
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Author: Thomas Valentine / Raptors HQ

How the Blues winning affects the Leafs

The 2018-19 NHL season ended Wednesday night and the only thing of importance to mention is how the St. Louis Blues winning the Stanley Cup affects the Leafs.
The city of St. Louis can enjoy their first championship since the Cardinals won the World Series in 2011, but the metropolis of Toronto is where this win truly matters. Maybe now the Blues won’t be the last NHL team that comes to mind when you’re going through the teams for trivia, but we all know what team will be named first.
This Game 7 finale demonstrates a couple major factors that all Leafs fans can either enjoy or wallow in their stream of tears forming a puddle on top of a 1967 Stanley Cup Champions team photo.
It might not feel like it, but Toronto can take immense joy in the Blues lifting the Cup.
The initial reaction can be more about how good to feels to see every player from the Boston Bruins in complete despair — seeing a rival lose in a hilarious way is great.

Brad Marchand w/tears in his eyes and says it’s worst loss of his career. Says he’ll never get over it. Charlie McAvoy …

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Author: Thomas Williams / The Leafs Nation