3 Free Agents the Toronto Raptors could pursue this Offseason

The Toronto Raptors are in a pivotal offseason for the future of the franchise and while all eyes are on the “Summer of Giannis” this team was one win away from the ECF and shouldn’t stop trying to add solid pieces to the roster. The Toronto Raptors are an organization that always remains active during […]
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Author: Jack Long / Raptors HQ

Toronto Six sign top CHA defender Lindsay Eastwood

Toronto’s NWHL franchise added a prominent player today in signing former Syracuse Orange captain Linsday Eastwood:

NEWS: We’ve signed the 2019-20 @CHAWomensHockey best defender award winner and @CuseIce captain @LindsayEastw00d
: https://t.co/PN9lREFPFT pic.twitter.com/8KxvYO41AQ
— Toronto Six (@TheTorontoSix) June 11, 2020

As noted in the tweet from the team’s Twitter account, College Hockey America (a D-1 NCAA division for women’s hockey only) named Eastwood the nation’s top defender in the division. A native of Kanata, ON, the college senior racked up 28 points in 36 games from the blueline in her second season as the Orange’s captain. This production earned her 16th in the NCAA D-1, and led her somewhat mediocre team in scoring (tied with sophomore forward Abby Moloughney). Last year, Eastwood took Syracuse to its first CHA Tournament title in the program’s history.

Welcome “home” @LindsayEastw00d pic.twitter.com/loWFHh9OG9
— Toronto Six (@TheTorontoSix) June 11, 2020


All quotes below are taken from the team’s article on its website.
“Lindsay leaves Syracuse as one of its all-time most accomplished players,” said Syracuse head coach …

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Author: Ryan Hobart / The Leafs Nation

Toronto’s NWHL Team Has A Name, and It’s The Six!

Toronto officially has a new professional women’s hockey franchise, with a name and everything (official announcement).
As the much-awaited answer to the question of “what franchise will replace the Toronto Furies?”: today, we have The Six. On April 22 of this year, the National Women’s Hockey League announced that it would be expanding into Toronto after the Canadian Women’s Hockey League folded, causing the loss of the Toronto Furies.
As we await even more branding information, especially what the jerseys will look like, one can imagine some sweet gold-and-red infused sweaters not unlike (but unlike enough from) the Vegas Golden Knights’ kit.
Choosing “The Six” will undoubtedly be a controversial choice, and admittedly I found it strange at first, but the more I think about it, the better it is. The 67’s, the 49ers, the 76ers… there’s a great history of professional sports teams being named for numbers that represent the unique area that the team is located in. While not rooted in national history in the more traditional sense, The Six is a popular moniker for our nation’s largest city and certainly will …

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Author: Ryan Hobart / The Leafs Nation

Who are the Toronto Raptors’ top 5 current rivals?

Although a young franchise, the Toronto Raptors have spurred on multiple rivalries. What are the top 5 rivalries heading into the 2019 NBA season? Because the Toronto Raptors are fairly young as a franchise, they don’t have those long-term rivalries like that of the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers do. Nevertheless, there are quite […]
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Author: Lee Tanner / Raptors HQ

Ranking every first-round pick in Toronto Raptors history

In the course of the Toronto Raptors franchise history, there has been a fair share first-round picks walking in the door. How do they rank from worst to first? 24 years of Toronto Raptors basketball has produced some exciting first-round draft picks. Not all have gone so well, as frequent misses in the lottery had […]
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Author: Raju Byfield / Raptors HQ

Listen to That’s A Rap #34: NBA Finals talk with Golden State of Mind

The best season in franchise history culminates with a Finals date with the Golden State Warriors. We talked with Daniel Hardee of Golden State of Mind to break down the NBA Finals. “Kawhi Leonard is a Toronto Raptor” is now interchangeable with “Toronto Raptors are in the NBA Finals.”
It’s the battle of the Greens. E-40 vs. Drake. The Death Lineup vs. the Extinction Lineup (Siakam at Centre). NBA’s best offense vs. the best defense (I’ve said that for each of the last two series, ironically).
For this monumental series, we invited Daniel Hardee from SB Nation’s Golden State of Mind to preview the NBA Finals. That’s right, Raps fans, soak it in. An NBA Finals preview that involves the Raptors!

On the Latest Episode:
You’d figure a first-time NBA Finalist would be ripe for some deer-in-headlight moments and an easy opponent, especially for a Warriors team making it’s fifth consecutive Finals trip. However, this Raptors squad is different. Those deers have been disposed. The starting lineup includes a Finals MVP (Kawhi Leonard), an almost-Finals-MVP (Danny Green), a Defensive Player of the Year (Marc Gasol), a soon-to-be Most Improved Player (Pascal Siakam), and …

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Author: JayRosales / Raptors HQ

Three Questions from the Raptors ahead of Game 6 vs. the Milwaukee Bucks

After the most important win in franchise history, we spoke to Kyle Carr of Brew Hoop about whether the Bucks can handle pressure, Giannis versus Kawhi, and more. As we have before every game, we spoke to Kyle Carr of Brew Hoop to hear the Milwaukee take on the series, and what to expect moving forward. It’s all on the line today for the Bucks in Game 6.
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Milwaukee led by a considerable margin in the first quarter, yet Toronto clawed their way back in it despite some early foul trouble. Do you think this Bucks team is built to handle adversity despite their collective inexperience? Which Bucks player is most likely to have a huge game under pressure?
I want to believe the Bucks are built to handle adversity as this roster has played in the league long enough and have been in the playoffs multiple years together. Had Milwaukee played better in the second quarter, I think they win this game rather easily. The more this series goes on, the less assured I feel about it. Other than George Hill, nobody else on this roster has experience playing on this stage while with Toronto, they have been there …

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Author: Dylan Litman / Raptors HQ

Three Questions from the Raptors ahead of Game 4 vs. the Milwaukee Bucks

After one of the hardest-earned wins in franchise history, we spoke to Kyle Carr of Brew Hoop to hear his thoughts heading into Game 4. The Raptors are fresh off one of the most important wins in Raptors history; now, they must do it again. We spoke to Kyle Carr of Brew Hoop to hear some predictions on what may happen moving forward:
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These past few games have seen big nights from Giannis Antetokounmpo and Kawhi Leonard. In your opinion, who has been the best player in the series so far and who do you predict will close stronger?

I think Kawhi has played the better series but Giannis has the biggest impact. Giannis’ help side defending is so crucial for Milwaukee and on offense we saw how stagnant Milwaukee’s offense was. Kawhi has continued his fantastic play but the minutes might start adding up and this injury gives me the feeling Giannis will close stronger.

Norman Powell and Marc Gasol finally saw some offensive success on Sunday. Do either of their emergences change the Bucks’ gameplan?

I think Norman Powell has been very effective this whole series while Gasol was able to hit some shots. I don’t think …

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Author: Dylan Litman / Raptors HQ

2019 NBA Playoffs: Toronto Raptors vs. Milwaukee Bucks Round 3 HQ

For the second time in franchise history, the Raptors have made it to the Eastern Conference Finals. Their opponent, however, just happens to be the top team of the 2018-19 season, the Milwaukee Bucks. As we move through the third round of the 2019 NBA Playoffs, catch up on all of our Toronto Raptors vs. Milwaukee Bucks Eastern Conference Finals coverage here. We’ve got everything from podcasts to in-depth analysis, plus our usual game coverage and more!
Can the Raptors make the NBA Finals? We’ll soon find out.

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Author: Daniel Reynolds / Raptors HQ

Raptors vs. Magic Game 5 Thread: Updates, TV info, and more

For the first time in franchise history, the Raptors could win a playoff series in fewer than six games. That’s right, it’s time for Game 5 of Orlando vs. Toronto. Let’s watch. To give some frame of reference as to the general mood in Scotiabank Arena tonight, Raptors coach Nick Nurse was asked pre-game about the Toronto Maple Leafs. Those are the kinds of questions you get in this city when the basketball team is up 3-1. (Actually, those questions would probably come regardless; the Leafs are in yet another Game 7 with Boston, after all.)
My point here is that the Raptors — and their fans — have cause to be feeling good, and to be thinking about other things. Despite an inexplicable loss in Game 1, Toronto has looked every bit the super strong team with NBA Finals aspirations they were supposed to be heading into these playoffs. They’ve visibly ramped up their defense, found another gear on offense, and while the Orlando Magic aren’t exactly top flight competition, they’re still doing everything they can to disrupt what the Raptors want to do.
Except none of it has worked. Unlike Raptors teams of the past, this squad …

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Author: Daniel Reynolds / Raptors HQ