Toronto Raptors: Why Kawhi Leonard leaving was so unprecedented

Players leaving is kind of the norm for the Toronto Raptors. However, Kawhi Leonard’s decision is a whole lot different. For a while now, Toronto Raptors fans have been trying to deal with the reality that Kawhi Leonard will no longer rep their favourite team. We knew this outcome was possible and, when Masai Ujiri […]
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Author: Hunter Surphlis / Raptors HQ

Three Questions from the Raptors ahead of Game 2 vs. the Golden State Warriors

Jannelle Moore of Golden State of Mind was kind enough to provide some analysis on Game 1, and what changes to expect from the Warriors heading into Game 2. We spoke with Jannelle Moore of Golden State of Mind to hear the Bay Area take on Pascal Siakam, predictions for next game and potential strategic shifts on the defensive end:
Pascal Siakam has had to face incredibly tough defenders this postseason in Giannis Antetokounmpo, Joel Embiid and now Draymond Green. How was he able to score so easily last night, despite being primarily guarded by one of the best defenders in the world?
There’s a reason why Pascal Siakam is considered to be the front runner for Most Improved Player, and he showed it on Thursday. With that being said, Pascal was able to score so easily because Draymond defended him passively. Before Game 1, Green didn’t have a feel for Siakam and was caught off guard by his drives and quickness. Green was also more concerned with providing protection in the paint than effectively guarding Pascal one-on-one.
HQ’s Take: I agree that Draymond didn’t seem too concerned with Pascal’s offense to start the game. This passivity proved …

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Author: Dylan Litman / Raptors HQ

Listen to That’s A Rap #29: Post-Game 3 vs. Bucks Reaction

It wasn’t kind to our hearts, but the Raptors pulled out a victory over the Bucks in Game 3. The boys discuss what we can learn as Toronto continues on in the series. As has been the case all playoffs long, the Raptors stepped up when their backs were against the wall. Heading into Sunday’s game against the Bucks, the proverbial wall was a 2-0 series deficit, but by the 48th minute, the wall was Toronto overcoming the absence of two of their three most consistent performers in this series after they fouled out. Whether this game was a blowout or a heart-racing, double-overtime victory, Toronto got the win and kept their championship aspirations alive.
Check out the latest episode of That’s A Rap, as we try to collectively slow our breathing after a nerve-wracking game three victory.

On The Latest Episode:
The Raptors fought and clawed their way to their latest version of “most important game of the season.” I erroneously mentioned Toronto winning all the hustle stats. The fact that Toronto won the game despite losing all those stats is even more impressive. The Raptors wanted it more, and no one exemplified that desperation more than …

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Author: JayRosales / Raptors HQ

Bo Bichette reportedly has a broken hand

This isn’t the kind of Large Adult Son content anybody wants to consume. Bo Bichette has reportedly suffered a broken left hand after getting hit by a pitch in Buffalo’s loss last night.

#BlueJays No. 2 prospect Bo Bichette reportedly has a broken left hand after being hit by a pitch in last night’s @BuffaloBisons game. Bichette is #MLB’s No. 10 overall prospect:
— MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) April 23, 2019

This is really unfortunate because Bichette was starting to heat up at the plate. Earlier on Monday, the Bisons named him Player of the Week for his .400 batting average and his seven runs batted in. For the season, Bichette is slashing a .250/.310/.404 line with one homer, eight runs batted in, three steals, five walks, and 10 strikeouts. He’s also the youngest player on the team not named Vlad Jr.

This week’s @ADPROSports Player of the Week is @19boknows Congrats, Bo!
— Buffalo Bisons (@BuffaloBisons) April 22, 2019

Bichette is seeking a second opinion on the diagnosis, but given the accounts of him screaming in pain after getting hit last night, it doesn’t look good.

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Kawhi and Gasol are the dads the Raptors have been searching for

Kawhi Leonard and Marc Gasol provide the kind of adult energy the Raptors have been searching for in the playoffs for years. In Game 2, the value of the team’s two new fatherly souls was on display. It wouldn’t be fair to suggest past editions of the Raptors lacked leadership. Dwane Casey was the ultimate figurehead, the spire around which an entire era of Toronto basketball was built. DeMar DeRozan had charisma. Revered by his teammates for his hard work and knack for buckets, all the while serving as fan liaison both in good times and bad. Few dudes have or will ever carry that kind of gravitas in Toronto. Even DeRozan’s surly sidekick, Kyle Lowry, while usually mum for the cameras, can’t be accused of being a passenger.
But five playoff runs ranging from uneven to Wizards taught us all something about the construction of the Raptors. Even with all those de facto leaders, there never existed a singular pyramid-topper who could unite the entire squad and provide it with direction when times were lean. Basically, the Raptors needed someone to play the role of dad.
Masai Ujiri spent the last year working to fill that …

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Author: Sean Woodley / Raptors HQ