Raptors’ Game 6 win has Joel Embiid criticizing James Harden

Raptors’ Game 6 win has Joel Embiid criticizing James Harden

The Toronto Raptors managed to punch Joel Embiid right in the gut on Monday night, handing the Philadelphia 76ers a tough Game 5 loss and bringing the series back to Toronto for Game 6. Embiid was much less efficient from the field while James Harden failed to provide adequate scoring support. While Embiid is dealing […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

3 takeaways from Raptors’ Game 5 victory against 76ers

3 takeaways from Raptors’ Game 5 victory against 76ers

Pascal Siakam and Toronto Raptors managed to stay alive against the Philadelphia 76ers, winning Game 5 in Philadelphia by shutting down Joel Embiid and James Harden. Precious Achiuwa’s fine day at the office and Toronto’s crunching defense limited Philly to just 88 points. Toronto will still need to win two straight games, one of which […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Raptors nixed insane offer from Mavericks in Kristaps Porzingis talks

Raptors nixed insane offer from Mavericks in Kristaps Porzingis talks

The Toronto Raptors managed to acquire Thad Young in exchange for Goran Dragic at the trade deadline, but they didn’t land any of the big names floating around in the deadline rumor mill. The Dallas Mavericks were willing to sell Kristaps Porzingis, and the Raptors at least had preliminary discussions about upgrading the frontcourt. Porzingis […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

3 biggest play-in tournament threats Toronto Raptors could face

3 biggest play-in tournament threats Toronto Raptors could face

The Toronto Raptors have managed to claw their way into the playoff picture in the Eastern Conference on the back of a balanced starting lineup and some All-Star caliber performances from Fred VanVleet and the snubbed Pascal Siakam. Toronto currently sits as the No. 7 seed in the conference. However, Toronto’s work is far from […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Did Raptors’ Fred VanVleet take a shot at Goran Dragic after trade?

Did Raptors’ Fred VanVleet take a shot at Goran Dragic after trade?

Fred VanVleet and the Toronto Raptors managed to get stronger at the trade deadline by shedding the bloated contract of Goran Dragic. The absent point guard was traded to the San Antonio Spurs in a deal that brought established veteran power forward Thad Young to Toronto. While the trade didn’t get the Raptors a backup […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

With the price of rentals running high, the Leafs appear to be shopping for term

If you managed to make it through the majority of the All-Star game coverage on Saturday, you were rewarded with a couple of interesting facts regarding the state of the NHL trade market right now. The key one is that the going rate for a defenseman rental seems to be 1st round pick plus a 3rd round pick.

Elliotte Friedman on Sportsnet says teams are asking for a 1st rounder and a 3rd rounder in return for rental defensemen this trade deadline.
Basically what CBJ got for David Savard when he got traded to TB.#LeafsForever
— Joseph Zita (@josephdzita) February 5, 2022

Considering that the Leafs spent a 1st and two 4ths bringing in Nick Foligno last year (at a 1/4 his cap hit) that price should seem a little steep, with a very low chance of getting a return on the investment. This go around we’ll assume the Leafs would at least not trade on a player being rushed back from injury, and the way the season is set up any deadline acquisition should be eligible for a lot more than 10 games, but still, the idea of a should have little appeal to Leafs fans.
That’s where there is some encouraging news out of Kyle Dubas’ press availability today, and that is his preference to moving back towards acquiring players with term.

#Leafs GM Kyle Dubas says his biggest need can change between now and deadline day, says he prefers to acquire players with term but flat cap changed that the last couple of years. Based on his answer, it sounds like the Leafs will have to be meticulous about how they add. pic.twitter.com/ZYf200rZvc
— David Alter (@dal …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

1 short, medium, and long-term goal for Raptors to strive for in 2022

1 short, medium, and long-term goal for Raptors to strive for in 2022

The Toronto Raptors have managed to sneak over the .500 mark at 23-22 just over halfway into the season. With questions about their rotation, shooting skill, and underperformance against some of the worst teams in the league, the fact they’ve ended up here shows that Nick Nurse is doing a surprisingly solid job of coaching. […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

3 free agents Raptors fans should be glad they passed on

3 free agents Raptors fans should be glad they passed on

The Toronto Raptors have managed to ping-pong their way to a 14-15 start to the season after some bad injury luck. Toronto has been able to stay on track due to what is starting to look like a solid free agency period from Masai Ujiri and Bobby Webster last summer. In addition to Gary Trent […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Raptors: Jaylen Brown-Ben Simmons trade would be bad for Toronto

Raptors: Jaylen Brown-Ben Simmons trade would be bad for Toronto

While the Toronto Raptors have managed to be a relatively stable organization through the first few weeks of the 2021-22 season, the Philadelphia 76ers are still struggling with the Ben Simmons situation. Even after a few weeks, neither side appears closer towards any sort of breakup or reconciliation. Simmons is digging in his heels and […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Raptors: Scottie Barnes is having a better season than Chris Duarte

Raptors: Scottie Barnes is having a better season than Chris Duarte

The Toronto Raptors managed to strike gold with their selection of Scottie Barnes with the No. 4 overall pick in the 2021 NBA Draft. Not only has Barnes lived up to the hype as a defender and passer, but he’s already shown that he can be a reliable offensive player in this league. While this […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ