Pascal Siakam showing he can’t be a Number 1 for the Toronto Raptors

The debate has raged on since Kawhi Leonard’s departure, but since entering the bubble there is no debating that Pascal Siakam cannot be the number 1 for this Toronto Raptors team. Toronto Raptors All-Star, Pascal Siakam, has yet to find his scoring touch since entering the bubble. Let’s take a look at the past two […]
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Author: Jack Long / Raptors HQ

Kawhi Leonard named to All-NBA Second Team

2018-19 honour marks Leonard’s third All-NBA appearance It’s a week of honours for Kawhi Leonard: Yesterday, he was named to the NBA All-Defensive second team, and today, he was named to the All-NBA second team:

The 2018-19 All-NBA Second Team! @KDTrey5 @JoelEmbiid @KyrieIrving @kawhileonard @Dame_Lillard— NBA (@NBA) May 23, 2019

This is the third time Leonard has been named All-NBA; he previously made the first team in 2016 and 2017. Leonard led the Raptors in scoring per game, free throw shooting percentage and steals per game, and was second on the team in rebounding per game. His 26.6 points per game and 7.3 rebounds per game were both career highs.
Leonard received 73 second-team votes and 23 third-team votes, giving him 242 total points — good for the ninth-most among players receiving votes. Among Leonard’s Raptors teammates, Pascal Siakam received four third-team votes, and Kyle Lowry received one third-team vote.
Joining Leonard on the second team are Golden State’s Kevin Durant, Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid, Portland’s Damian Lillard and Boston’s Kyrie Irving.
On the first team are Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo, Golden State’s Stephen Curry, Houston’s James Harden, Denver’s Nikola Jokic and Oklahoma City’s …

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Author: Josh Kern / Raptors HQ

Toronto Temperature: The Shot and preparing for Milwaukee

Everyone is feeling good after Kawhi Leonard’s buzzer-beater ended Philladelphia’s season. But there are bigger goals now, starting with Milwaukee. Let’s take the temperature. Here we are. The Eastern Conference Finals start tonight! The stakes are a little higher. Kyle Lowry and the Raptors, for the second time in franchise history, are four wins away from their first NBA Finals appearance. As you could imagine, that makes for a pretty hot temperature, which is highlighted this week by Kawhi Leonard’s buzzer-beater, an underdog mentality, and compelling matchups on the wing.
There is no need to waste time. Game 1 tips-off in less than six hours so let’s get right to it and take the Toronto Temperature!
Who’s Hot

Kawhi Leonard, The Shot

The Raptors play the Bucks tonight in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals but somehow the shot — and you know what I’m talking about — is still with us. Kawhi Leonard’s buzzer-beater to walk off the Sixers was joyous for many reasons. Now, some things that made it extra special:

Kyle Lowry walking around glowingly with the game ball in hand. “I don’t care, I’m here now”, he said, without …

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Author: Ben_Scott / Raptors HQ

The Shot. The Bounce. The Series. The Shirt. Get it here!

After Kawhi Leonard’s late-game heroics in Game 7, the Raptors are moving onto the Eastern Conference Final. We’ve got a pair of shirts (and a hoodie) to commemorate the occasion for all time. To commemorate only the biggest shot in Raptors franchise history — and the lone Game 7 series-winner in NBA history — we’re proud to bring you not one, but two new t-shirts (and a hoodie!) featuring Kawhi Leonard’s iconic buzzer-beater. Regardless of what’s to come in Toronto, we’ll always, always, remember that shot.
Check out the links and pics below.


Get KAWHI CALLED SERIES t-shirt here — with a hoodie on offer too!

Or check out the entire Toronto collection right here.

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Author: Daniel Reynolds / Raptors HQ

Game 2 Turning Point: Lowry scores his first point of the series

You’ve heard about Kawhi Leonard’s insane outing in Game 2 vs the Magic by now. But it was Kyle Lowry (and the crowd) that turned the game on its head in the opening moments. It was one of the greatest games ever by a Toronto Raptors player — Kawhi Leonard powered a 29-point victory with 37 points on truly insane shooting efficiency. But how did we get here?
Moments after the tip, Kyle Lowry found himself at the free throw line. He missed his first, and you could feel the nervous anticipation in the air as 19,800+ fans exhaled, all asking the same question: would Lowry ever score in this series?
In Game 1, we know what happened. Lowry came in cold, going 0-for-7 from the floor, including 0-of-6 from three. What’s more, despite a trip to the free throw line, Lowry missed both of his freebies in about as snake-bit display of shooting as you’re likely to see in this post-season. It seemed incomprehensible for the Raptors to lose Game 1 by three points; doubly so when considering their leader’s zero in the box score.
As if to answer to our Game 2 question, before the ball reached the point guards …

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Author: Joel E Stephens / Raptors HQ