TLN Three Stars: Jack Campbell steals a point, but Leafs cough up the extra point in OT

Up until the 59th minute in tonight’s game, it looked like the Leafs would finally goalie their opponent for the first time this season. Alas, it was not meant to be.
The Leafs opened the scoring early in the first period when a Morgan Rielly wrist shot found its way through a crowd in front and past a screened Jake Allen. If you could give two assists to the same player on a goal, Alex Galchenyuk would have deserved both. His through-the-legs pass back to the point is what lead to the Rielly shot in the first place, and the chaos he caused as he went to the front of the net is what prevented Allen from tracking the puck.
In what would become a theme during this game, the referees called three consecutive penalties against the Leafs that were weak in nature. Within the spirit of the rules? Probably. But within the standard that we’ve seen these types of calls made? Probably not. The Leafs weathered the storm with two straight penalty kills, but the Habs capitalized on their third try with a Nick Suzuki cross-seam pass to Tyler Toffoli that everyone at home saw coming. Toffoli …

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Author: Mark Norman / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Raptors: Twitter reaction to buzzer-beater from Gary Trent Jr. proves fanbase loves him

Toronto Raptors: Twitter reaction to buzzer-beater from Gary Trent Jr. proves fanbase loves him

The Toronto Raptors looked destined for another loss in their apparent quest to tank against the Washington Wizards, but a furious fourth-quarter comeback led by Malachi Flynn and Aron Baynes, of all people, was capped off by the first signature moment in the Raptors career of Gary Trent Jr. After an all-time flop from Raul […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors: Lonzo Ball trade rumors could restart after spicy LaVar Ball comments

Toronto Raptors: Lonzo Ball trade rumors could restart after spicy LaVar Ball comments

Just when it looked like the Toronto Raptors were going to start to throw in the towel and officially move into “seller” territory, LaVar Ball just opened the trade floodgates with his mouth, as one-time Raptors trade target and New Orleans Pelicans point guard Lonzo Ball might be on the move soon thanks to his […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Raptors: Does Stanley Johnson’s defense make up for non-existent offense?

Raptors: Does Stanley Johnson’s defense make up for non-existent offense?

Stanley Johnson looked destined to flush out of the NBA, as the former Top 10 pick completely floundered with the Detroit Pistons. Taking a flier on a developmental prospect, Toronto chose to bring in Johnson with the intention of converting him into a full-time power forward that can play center in a pinch. While by […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Raptors: Grading Nick Nurse after first month of the season

Raptors: Grading Nick Nurse after first month of the season

The Toronto Raptors looked like they were destined for a major regression in 2020-21, as Nick Nurse couldn’t get his troops to muster the same effort on both sides of the floor as they did in 2019-20. Given the looming COVID-19 pandemic forcing them to relocate to Tampa in addition to the loss of both […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors: The Raptors disappointing bench sob

Toronto Raptors: The Raptors disappointing bench sob

During the NBA Preseason, it looked like the Toronto Raptors may be one of the deepest teams in the league, but since the Regular Season started the names this team relies on have disappeared. Nothing about this Toronto Raptors season has been anything close to respectable. Raptors fans knew that the losses of Serge Ibaka and […]
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Author: Jack Long / Raptors HQ

Never In Doubt. The Blue Jays pull off a wild sweep over the Phillies on Doubleheader Thursday

This team looked toast on Sunday. It’s amazing how quickly things can change.

After pulling off a sweep of the Phillies on Thursday’s doubleheader, the Blue Jays suddenly boast a 12-11 record and are sitting in a playoff spot.
Things worth mentioning…

In Game 1, Chase Anderson got the ball and grinded his way through three-and-two-thirds of work, scattering a couple of runs on four hits and a walk. It was nothing spectacular, but Anderson allowed the Jays a chance to win the game, which is all you can ask for from your fifth starter. After him, the bullpen was fantastic.
Julian Merryweather, the infamous PTBNL from the Josh Donaldson trade finally made his debut for the team, which was a cool sight given the fact many fans were skeptical that he was even real. It took him a long time to get here, but Merryweather made it memorable by picking up four outs, three of which came via the strikeout.

In his MLB debut, Julian Merryweather’s four-seam fastball averaged 97.5 mph, but the @BlueJays prospect got his three strikeouts (in 1 1/3 scoreless frames) on breaking balls. pic.twitter.com/eaSYSk5fKu
— MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

The Blue Jays are suddenly right in the mix for a playoff spot after sweeping the Orioles

Things looked really, really bad on Sunday.

The Blue Jays dropped both games of their doubleheader against the Rays, one of which came in an excruciating, late-game meltdown fashion, and fell to 7-11 on the season. On top of that, Bo Bichette, who finally started heating up, got placed on the Injured List with a knee injury.
But then along came the Trash Birds and everything changed. The Jays executed their first sweep of the 2020 season (also their first series win!) and, suddenly, the team is only a half-game out of a playoff spot.
Looking at the standings, if we assume that the Yankees, Rays, A’s, Astros, Clevelanders, Twins, and White Sox make up seven of the eight playoff teams, that would leave the Jays in the mix with teams like Baltimore, who they just swept, Texas, who just had a legitimate temper tantrum about a guy hitting a home run off of them, and Detroit, who won like 30 games last year, for the eighth and final playoff spot in the American League.
As rough around the edges as the Blue Jays have been this year, coming out on top of that group is absolutely doable.


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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Blue Jays take a conservative approach on Day 2 of the draft, selecting three college pitchers and an outfielder

The 2020 draft already looked like a slam dunk for the Blue Jays as Austin Martin, arguably the best all-around player available, fell into their lap with the fifth-overall pick.

Given Martin was expected to go second overall, the Jays will likely have to sign the Scott Boras client to an over-slot deal. Had Martin gone second overall as he might have been expecting, his recommended lost value would have featured a $7.79 million signing bonus. Sliding to fifth brings that suggested bonus to $6.18 million.
Obviously, the Boras thing might make fans worry about Martin’s signability, but Ross Atkins noted after the draft that the Jays had been in contact with Martin’s representation ahead of making the selection. Had they not felt comfortable they’d be able to reach a deal, they probably wouldn’t have picked him. None of the top picks made in the Mark Shapiro and Ross Atkins era have gone unsigned.
“We were extremely happy that Austin was there,” Ross Atkins told Sportsnet. “We were prepared for that. We had worked through that scenario (and) have had dialogue with his representation as well. We felt very good about making …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

How the Toronto Raptors’ season could play out according to NBA 2K20

With the NBA on hiatus, we looked at how the Toronto Raptors season could potentially finish. The catch is, it is all simulated on NBA 2K20. If you miss Toronto Raptors basketball, raise your hand in a timely fashion. That makes sense, in my head, every single hand in the world is up right now. […]
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Author: Thomas Valentine / Raptors HQ