Toronto Raptors: Why Pascal Siakam struggling against Julius Randle and the Knicks is concerning

Toronto Raptors: Why Pascal Siakam struggling against Julius Randle and the Knicks is concerning

The Toronto Raptors fell to Julius Randle and the New York Knicks in agonizing fashion, and the subpar play of power forward Pascal Siakam was singled out as the main reason that Nick Nurse’s squad lost. Siakam, who took a night off when Toronto stomped the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday, totaled 16 points and seven […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

When unprecedented becomes normal: How hockey has changed in the time of COVID

One year ago today, it all fell apart.
This past week has been about remembering everyone’s last normal week before the pandemic started, which was just over 365 days go. It’s been tough financially, tough on everyone’s mental health, and most of all, incredibly tough if you’ve lost a family member due to the Coronavirus. To say the least, this year has sucked. A lot.
One day after the NBA suspended their season due to COVID-19 last year, the AHL and NHL did the same. It was a difficult decision due to the uncertainty of when everything would go back to normal. Some said weeks, some said months. And after one year, there seems to be a subtle end in sight.
I can remember when it all happened. It was one of those moments where you have memory of where you were and what you were doing. But looking back on it, what do you remember?
For myself, this time last year I denied getting into the app TikTok saying “there’s too many young people on it.” I was 22 at the time. Little did I know that it would be the app that brought the most …

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

Grades from the Toronto Raptors disappointing loss to the Houston Rockets

The Toronto Raptors fell to the Houston Rockets on Thursday night as Nick Nurse’s aggressive strategy to contain James Harden led to big nights from the Rockets supporting cast. The Toronto Raptors fell 119-109 to the Houston Rockets on Thursday night. The loss was extremely disappointing for Raptors faithful because it represents the first time […]
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Author: Michael Walton / Raptors HQ

Maple Leafs Post-Game #18: 5 things we learned from the Leafs’ loss to Philly

The Leafs fell 3-2 to the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday night, for their first loss in quite some time.
Well, we might get to see the Leafs without Mitch Marner
In the second period, Marner fell down.
Jim Hughson said it was a broken skate blade.
Joe Bowen said it was a broken skate blade.
Mitch Marner didn’t think it was a broken skate blade, and tried to skate to the bench, unsuccessfully.
After a few spins trying to see if he could come back, and a couple trips to the dressing room, the Leafs eventually announced Marner would be out for the night with an ankle injury. Tough bounce.
I won’t link the injury as it could be a little gruesome to see his leg bend awkwardly, but at least Marner felt comfortable enough to attempt to keep skating.
We’ll likely get an answer in the next day or two, but for now…

Mitch Marner won’t travel with #Leafs to Chicago for tomorrow’s game, per Mike Babcock
— Kristen Shilton (@kristen_shilton) November 10, 2019

 
Travis Dermott has an offensive side too
After falling behind 2-0 to start the game, the Leafs turned to… Travis Dermott for …

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Author: Adam Laskaris / The Leafs Nation