Toronto Raptors: 3 Bold predictions for the Raptors next season

Toronto Raptors: 3 Bold predictions for the Raptors next season

The Toronto Raptors are set to return to NBA action in late December, which is just around the corner and we can’t wait. With the Toronto Raptors along with the other 29 teams in the league returning to action in late December, fans are at the edge of their seats just waiting for tip-off. With […]
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Author: Joseph Zita / Raptors HQ

What to expect from Adam Brooks this summer

Adam Brooks made his NHL debut in late December after spending the last two and half seasons with the Toronto Marlies. As a player who was passed over in his initial year of draft eligibility and selected in the fourth round of the 2016 draft as an overager, he has beaten the odds to develop into a viable NHL option.
Brooks entered the Maple Leafs organization coming off of a season where he racked up 120 points in 72 games to lead the WHL in scoring and followed it up with another 130 points the following season, finishing just one point shy of back to back scoring titles. He joined the Marlies the following year but the offensive production didn’t come as easily as it did in junior and Brooks finished his first professional season with just 8 goals and 11 assists in 57 games.
Playing a larger role for the Marlies in his second season, Brooks took a step forward recording 21 goals and 19 assists for 40 points in 61 games. He entered this season squarely on the Leafs radar as a depth option up front and after another 20 points in 29 games with the Marlies through December, the 24 year old earned his first taste of NHL action.


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Author: Nick Richard / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Raptors: 2020 Postseason Preview

With the NBA officially heading off to Disney World in late July, here’s a recap of what the Toronto Raptors achieved in the regular season, and a preview of what to expect in the postseason later next month. After over more than two months of uncertainty, and most recently, chaos in and around the continental […]
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Author: Mauricio Scott / Raptors HQ

Raptors hold off Pistons to push win streak to 10 games

The Toronto Raptors held off a late rally by the Detroit Pistons to win 105-92 on Friday. The win was Toronto’s 10th in a row and means Nick Nurse will coach at the 2020 All-Star Game. This game was may have been played in downtown Detroit, but it felt very much like a home game […]
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Author: Jordan Skuse / Raptors HQ

Bracco, Liljegren named to AHL all-star game

Two Toronto Marlies have been made late additions to the American Hockey League all-star game rosters.
Marlies F Jeremy Bracco and D Timothy Liljegren will be off to the big game on Monday.

Bracco, 22, has scored four goals and 29 assists in 42 games with the club. He’s fifth in the league in assists and is tied for second amongst all Marlies players in all-time regular-season assists (112) through three seasons. The 2015 second-round pick of the Maple Leafs has played in 167 AHL games with the Marlies scoring 144 points.
Liljegren, meanwhile, has played in 35 games with the Marlies scoring four goals and adding 22 assists setting career highs. The 2017 first round pick of the Maple Leafs played in his first NHL game this year on Jan. 18 against the Chicago Blackhawks. He’s scored 58 points in 122 games with the Marlies.
Both players will play in the all-star game and are joining goaltender Kasimir Kaskisuo at the game.
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Author: Zach Laing / The Leafs Nation

Hell yes, Larry Walker is a finally a Hall of Famer

Better late than never. On his 10th and final time on the Hall of Fame ballot, Canadian legend Larry Walker has been voted into Cooperstown with 76.6 percent of votes.

In doing so, Walker became the second Canadian ever to be inducted to baseball’s Hall of Fame, joining Fergie Jenkins who was voted in back in 1991. Walker is undoubtedly the best Canadian baseball player of all-time and it’s a huge win for Canadian baseball to finally see him get enshrined in Cooperstown.

STAND UP, CANADA!
MAPLE RIDGE, BC NATIVE LARRY WALKER IS HEADED TO COOPERSTOWN!
CONGRATS @Cdnmooselips33! #HOF2020 pic.twitter.com/8UYBJ7SIYi
— Baseball Canada (@baseballcanada) January 21, 2020

Hall of Famer Larry Walker wearing a Hall of Fame shirt. pic.twitter.com/yiik3GQzkH
— Sam Dykstra (@SamDykstraMiLB) January 21, 2020

This was Walker’s final go-around on the Hall of Fame ballot. If he didn’t get voted in this year, there was a decent chance he never would, unless the Hall of Fame Veterans Committee got him in. This is a pretty monumental shift for Walker, as he managed just 34.1 percent in 2018 was nearly voted off the ballot with 10.2 percent in 2014.
Walker was …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Grades from Toronto Raptors close win vs Oklahoma City Thunder

The Toronto Raptors held off a late Oklahoma City Thunder comeback to pick up a big win on the road. How did everyone grade in the win? After a grueling period, that pushed the Toronto Raptors to reach deep into their bench for production, the Raptors are nearly back to full strength but it seems […]
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Author: Lee Tanner / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors make a historic comeback against the Dallas Mavericks

After being down thirty points late in the third quarter, the Raptors’ defensive efforts and hot fourth-quarter shooting willed them to the greatest comeback in Toronto Raptors history. It’s not often that an NBA arena is electrified in December, giving fans a playoff-type of excitement in their gut. On Sunday night, in an interconference matchup […]
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Author: Neeraj Varma / Raptors HQ

News and Notes: Slow Starts, Poor Execution, and Trade Speculation

The Leafs are struggling as of late, with back-to-back-to-back losses since their encouraging three-game winning streak earlier in the month. Let’s take a look at what people are saying during these trying times.

Justin Cuthbert of Yahoo Sports posted a Tweet today that really puts into perspective just how underwhelming Toronto’s start has been this year…

How the teams the Leafs have beaten in regulation have fared pic.twitter.com/P6YD7TSijU
— Justin Cuthbert (@jccuthbert) November 14, 2019

While the Leafs have 22 points and currently sit in a playoff spot, they’ve only won six games in regulation through 20 games played. Those six teams they’ve beaten are listed above. Toronto’s six wins in regulation thus far came against six of the seven worst teams in the league. They’re currently on pace to win 24 games in regulation. For reference, the team won 23 games in regulation in 2015-16 when they were tanking for Auston Matthews.
After last night’s frustrating loss to the New York Islanders, Jake Muzzin pointed out that the team has struggled with focus early on. While they play well for good chunks of the game, there are major lapses in which they mess up …

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Author: Cam Lewis / The Leafs Nation

Hot Takes From The Farm: Week Eighteen

It’s getting late in the MiLB season so i don’t have much in the way of a narrative introduction this week. So why not playoff possibilities? The Bisons are 5 games out of first place with 22 games to play. They are 7 out in the Wild Card standings. The Fisher Cats are languishing in last place and going nowhere. Dunedin won their division in the first half, so they are in already, still they are also leading the second half standings as well and have the second best overall record in the League. Lansing is tied for third place, five games back of the division leader and 4 back of a potential wild card berth. Their edge? 14 of the 20 games remaining are on the road where the ‘Nuts are 18-10 in the second half, and of the six at home (where they have played .333 ball in the second half) three of those are against the trailing Fort Wayne team which stinks on the road. They have a fighter’s chance here. The Canadians are in last place in the second half standings but only 4 games out since no team has built a good record here. I don’t expect they will …

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Author: Tammy Rainey / Blue Jays Nation