Grades from an ugly Toronto Raptors loss to the Boston Celtics

The Toronto Raptors suffered a brutal loss to an impressive Boston Celtics team on Christmas Day. How did everyone grade in the defeat? For the first time in franchise history, the Toronto Raptors participated in the Christmas Day proceedings. Was it worth the wait? Probably not, no. The Raptors hosted in the Boston Celtics in […]
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Author: Thomas Valentine / Raptors HQ

Grades from the Toronto Raptors costly win against the Detroit Pistons

The Toronto Raptors came away with an impressive road win against the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night. Who played will in the injury-filled victory? Even after a Toronto Raptors victory, it’s hard to come away feeling great after Wednesday night’s contest. In a prime example of a “win the battle but lost the war” type […]
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Author: Mike Bossetti / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors face exciting December with a Christmas game and Kawhi Leonard’s return

After an impressive start to the season, the Toronto Raptors will look to continue their early season success in the month of December. The Toronto Raptors have shown little or no signs of a championship hangover to start the season. They have come out the gates strong and are currently sitting as the two-seed in the […]
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Author: William Ricks / Raptors HQ

Grades from Toronto Raptors impressive win vs Portland Trail Blazers

The Toronto Raptors picked up an impressive road win against the Portland Trail Blazers to improve their record to 8-3. How did everyone grade in the game? To say that the Toronto Raptors West Coast road trip had been something of a success, so far, would be disingenuous. It would also be a little hard […]
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Author: Thomas Valentine / Raptors HQ

Should the Leafs burn a year of Sandin’s Entry-Level Contract?

Rasmus Sandin has been one of the most impressive young Leafs this preseason. The 19-year-old defenceman has done everything to surprise and excite fans and front office personnel. But should the Leafs really burn a year of his Entry-Level Contract, just to have a young blueliner start his NHL career?
Since drafting him just over a year ago, the defenceman archetype that he fits best is a calm defender that will be an extremely agile powerplay quarterback. He has shown exactly that in the preseason through the couple of exhibition games.
It’s a small sample size of course, but he has been able to keep up with some NHL regulars and has demonstrated some ability to read plays and help the Leafs on both ends of the ice.

Sandin breaks up the play in the neutral zone and gets it to Read who scores with a curl-and-drag pic.twitter.com/w1fGVMveH4
— Omar (@TicTacTOmar) September 21, 2019

Just a small play in the neutral zone that leads to a goal. It’s simple, but it’s what players do to get noticed by coaches and make it into the top league.
All signs are pointing to Sandin being in the starting …

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Author: Thomas Williams / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Raptors GM, Bobby Webster, deserves a head executive role

The Toronto Raptors have a pair of very impressive men running the team. Their general manager, Bobby Webster deserves a shot to be a solo head executive in the NBA. Although often misrepresented, Bobby Webster is the General Manager of the Toronto Raptors, not Masai Ujiri. Ujiri, who is the President of Basketball Operations, decided […]
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Author: Jeff Borsuk / Raptors HQ

Report: Nick Nurse nearing deal to coach Canadian Men’s National Basketball Team

As if Saturday night wasn’t impressive enough, multiple reports Sunday tabbed Nick Nurse as the future Team Canada coach Still basking in the glow of leading the Toronto Raptors to their first-ever NBA Finals appearance, Raptors head coach Nick Nurse might be adding another entry to his resume: Team Canada head coach.
As TSN Insider Peter Yannopoulos first reported on Sunday morning, Nurse is set to become the head coach for Canadian Men’s National Team for this summer’s 2019 FIBA World Cup:

The news keeps getting better for basketball in our country. Sources confirm to me that Nick Nurse will become the next head coach for Team this summer at the world championships in China. Brillant hire by Rowan Barrett and Canada basketball. #RDS— Peter Yannopoulos (@PeteYannopoulos) May 26, 2019

Lori Ewing of the Canadian Press and Michael Grange of Sportsnet further confirmed the reports, but no official statement has been made at this time.
The move would seem to make sense for Team Canada, which has traveled a long road in finding a replacement for Jay Triano, who stepped down in March. Triano was popular among players, so finding a replacement was always going to be a tall order; …

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Author: Josh Kern / Raptors HQ

Undefeated in the Vladdy era, baby!

In one of the most cohesive and impressive series’ this team has played thus far, the Blue Jays (14-14), swept the Oakland Athletics (14-16) at home this weekend in the long-awaited debut series of Vladimir Guerrero Jr.
Now 7-3 over their last 10 contests (and three games ahead of the Boston Red Sox in the American League East), the Blue Jays swept the season series against Oakland 6-0 in tremendous fashion.
Here’s a look at the good, the bad, and the weird from the maiden voyage of the Guerrero-era Toronto Blue Jays:
The Good
Brandon Drury (6-for-12, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 2B) had an exceptional series, as did fellow infielder Eric Sogard (6-for-11, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 3 BB), both of whom pleasantly surprised Blue Jays fans all series long.
Though it didn’t show up in the box score, Guerrero Jr. (3-for-12, 2B, BB, 3 SO) had himself a productive first series in the bigs, showing admirable range in the field and showing excellent plate discipline. Randal Grichuk (5-for-14, 3 RBI, 2B) was quietly effective as well, improving his average to .270 on the season.
On the mound, Ryan Tepera (1.1 IP, H, 2 SO, 0 ER, 2 G) and Ken Giles (2.0 IP, 1 H, W, 3 SO) were stellar in relief, while …

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Author: Hayden Godfrey / Blue Jays Nation

Listen to That’s A Rap #16: Post-Game 4 vs. Magic Reaction

The Raptors pull out another impressive victory over the Magic, pushing Orlando to the brink of elimination in the first round. The possibility of a Douchebag Sweep is still alive (shouts to The Starters)! Unlike the Gentleman’s Sweep (where the better team wins first three, loses Game 4, then closes things out in five), the Douchebag Sweep is when one team wins Game 1 — giving that fan base the false hope of a series upset — only to lose the next four games consecutively.
If Toronto does not close this out on Tuesday, you have every right to blame the That’s A Rap crew. Otherwise, you’ve been warned that the latest episode is filled with information that has one eye towards future rounds.

On The Latest Episode:
Unlike the previous two games, it was the Orlando Magic that jumped out to a hot start. They forced turnovers on the first two Raptor possessions and bolted to a 9-1 lead. The fact that Toronto still ended the quarter with a lead must have been discouraging for any Magic fan.
Jokes about the Raptors facing two opponents — Orlando and the referees — are funny to a certain extent, until you delve into the …

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Author: JayRosales / Raptors HQ