Nick Nurse (The Magician) does it again for Toronto Raptors with small-ball lineup

Game 6 was a must-win for the Toronto Raptors, and they did so in the fashion they have never done before. Playing with no traditional center in the lineup. When people watch magicians do tricks they are left in awe. When you watch the Toronto Raptors play playoff basketball, you are filled with trepidation. However, […]
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Author: Alexandro Fidanza / Raptors HQ

Raptors vs. Bucks Game 4 Thread: Updates, TV info, and more

It’s another must-win game for the Raptors as they take on the Bucks in Toronto down 2-1 in the Eastern Conference Finals. Let’s watch. Frankly, it could be worse for the Raptors. Tonight is Game 4, and Toronto is down 2-1 in their Eastern Conference Finals series against the Milwaukee Bucks; this, despite a knock-down, drag-it-out fight in Game 3 that took two overtimes to resolve and may or may not have undid all of Toronto’s load management schemes with their star Kawhi Leonard. Still, still, the Raptors could be down 3-0. Silver linings, and all that.
In more positive news, this is just about the largest amount of media attention the Raptors have ever garnered in their franchise’s history. Think about it: since the Warriors just wiped out the Blazers in four straight, there is literally no other NBA game, or even series, happening right now or tomorrow — or maybe even this week. Wild times if you’re a Raptors fan. The whole NBA world, including the likes of Stephen A. Smith, Michael Wilbon, Zach Lowe, and more (and that’s just who I saw pre-game in the arena), is watching… this.

Getting my skinny pop popcorn …

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Author: Daniel Reynolds / Raptors HQ

Five thoughts on last night’s Game 4: Raptors 101, 76ers 96

In a must-win Game 4, Kawhi Leonard came through — and he got just enough help from his teammates to even the series with Philadelphia That was one heck of a basketball game. Neither team had control for more than a minute or so at a time. Both defenses were locked in. Star players made clutch plays. Every rebound was a rock fight. Unheralded bench players made timely plays.
And the good guys won!
It was one of the biggest, most important games in Raptors history, and our guys came through. How awesome is that?
What a Shot
I don’t think these thoughts can start anywhere other than Kawhi Leonard’s game-breaking three pointer.

KAWHI NOT? pic.twitter.com/JD0cC6zVmb— Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) May 5, 2019

What is there to say? That’s just an unbelievably huge, clutch, Sam-Cassell-dance-worthy bucket. And it’s such a Kawhi Leonard shot, too. Calmly navigates around the top. Gets his feet square. Rises, leans back — just enough to get away from Joel Embiid’s reach, not too much to make the shot too difficult — and sticks it. In about the highest pressure situation imaginable.
That’s what he’s here for.
(Biggest shot in Raptors …

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Author: Josh Kern / Raptors HQ