Chris Boucher rips Shaq, Charles Barkley over Raptors analysis

Chris Boucher rips Shaq, Charles Barkley over Raptors analysis

Chris Boucher and the Toronto Raptors gave it everything they had against Joel Embiid and the Philadelphia 76ers. Unfortunately, the team’s lack of amazing depth returned to bite them at the most inopportune times. The Raptors gave Philadelphia more problems than Shaquille O’Neal and Charles Barkley gave them credit for. O’Neal was quick to proclaim […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Clippers couldn’t stop praising Scottie Barnes after Raptors win

Clippers couldn’t stop praising Scottie Barnes after Raptors win

While the upstart Los Angeles Clippers gave Scottie Barnes and the Toronto Raptors everything they could handle, Toronto puts the clamps on their offensive attack down the stretch to secure a 103-100 victory. Toronto won their fifth straight game after a sluggish second-half start. Barnes recorded 15 points in the win, coming alive in the […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Raptors coach Nick Nurse has bleak quote after Gary Trent Jr. injury

Raptors coach Nick Nurse has bleak quote after Gary Trent Jr. injury

The Toronto Raptors gave Gary Trent Jr. a ton of money in the offseason to develop him into an elite 3-and-D wing. Nick Nurse has been thrilled with the results so far, as Trent has averaged 17.3 points and 2.1 steals per game this year as Toronto’s primary shooting guard. Unfortunately, Trent’s momentum may have […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Adam Brooks is on waivers and it makes sense for the Leafs to claim him

A lot of us have missed Adam Brooks. He gave us a few fun moments that made us believe he could be a solid option as a fourth line center or at the very least a pretty good 13th forward option. The problem always was that while he’s on the cusp of being that, he’s still better suited to being on the Marlies most of the time, and required waivers to get there. The Canadiens weren’t particularly fond of Brooks joining the Marlies, and gave him a shot on the Canadiens, the result of which has been Brooks playing in 4 of the 17 Canadiens games this season and picking up a solitary assist. They’ve decided they are comfortable moving on…

Waivers: Adam Brooks (MON)
— Renaud Lavoie (@renlavoietva) November 16, 2021

This is great news for the Leafs, and Leafs fans who want to see if Brooks can build on the 4 goals in 11 games Brooks had last season in Toronto. At a cap hit of $725k that’s certainly a bargain the Leafs might want to take advantage of as well as they try to manage their salary cap situation especially with the looming return of Ilya Mikheyev.
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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

TLN Predicts what the season will look like for Leafs players

Yesterday we gave you some team and league wide predictions, now as we inch closer to the start of the season I feel you can properly handle our predictions for the Leafs players.

Thought we’d start the group off with an easy one, and while Matthews expectedly did numbers here, it’s hard to argue that the other four couldn’t push for their chance at the title as well. Well maybe Brodie’s a stretch, but he’s also one hell of a defenseman and it’s nice to see the blueline get some love here.

Good chance that we were filling out the prediction questionnaire while watching a preseason game. And for full disclosure, yours truly forgot to put Kase on the drop down list, so those were two write-ins for Kase. Maybe he could have pushed Bunting harder if I was on my game. It’s the preseason for all of us.

Unlucky Pierre didn’t receive a lot of love here. Mikheyev and his rumoured trade request probably helped his case as well, and as for Liljegren, I want the TLN crew to know it wasn’t me this time who suggested Liljegren be traded, …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Raptors: Grades for Scottie Barnes, 2021 Draft picks in Summer League

Raptors: Grades for Scottie Barnes, 2021 Draft picks in Summer League

The Toronto Raptors gave fans their first glimpse as No. 4 overall pick Scottie Barnes during their Summer League stint in Las Vegas, and while they left with some concerns about how the offense is going to work and who will get playing time at the end of the bench, the organization has to be […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Five thoughts on last night’s Game 1: Bucks 108, Raptors 100

The Raptors gave an A1 effort, but their tired legs caught up to them, and the Bucks shook off the rust just in time to take the W. Last night’s opening game of the Eastern Conference Finals between the Toronto Raptors and Milwaukee Bucks was an interesting case study in the old “rest vs momentum” debate. The Raptors looked crisp early, were executing their game plan on offense and were locked in on defense, while the Bucks were cold, slow getting into their actions and were getting beaten on the glass.
But as the game went on, it all flipped: The Raptors (not named Kyle Lowry) slowed down and started missing everything, the Bucks started pulling in all the rebounds and hitting their shots… and ultimately, ran off a game-sealing 10-0 run in the final three minutes as the Raptors ran out of steam.
And now the Raptors are in a 1-0 hole.

Kyle Lowry is my Favourite Son
I was on the radio in Chicago yesterday, where I loudly proclaimed my love for all things Kyle Lowry to the Windy City, and boy did he do me proud last night. There are far too many awesome Lowry moments …

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Author: Josh Kern / Raptors HQ

Jim Hiller “not expected back”, DJ Smith given permission for Ottawa job

After GM Kyle Dubas gave head coach Mike Babcock peace of mind earlier this week, it appears that there will still be new faces behind the bench for next season.
In the most recent 31 Thoughts blog by Elliotte Friedman, he updated everyone on what will and might happen to the coaching positions on the Leafs.
With confidence, he wrote that assistant coach Jim Hiller has been given “blanket permission” to interview with any team and is not expected back. Friedman added that the Nashville Predators appears to be one of the teams interested in Hiller’s services.
Hiller, who has been with Babcock since his last season in Detroit, was in charge of the Leafs’ power play since arriving. This past season the Leafs had a 18.8% conversion rate, good for 10th in the league. While that number does not appear successful, they had a historic season for how often they were able to create important scoring chances.
On the other end of the ice, the defensive assistant coach DJ Smith is not completely gone, but other NHL teams are keeping him in mind for their vacant head coaching positions.
The Ottawa Senators are one of those teams and that connection …

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Author: Thomas Williams / The Leafs Nation