Toronto Raptors: Pascal Siakam’s success will go as far as his shooting takes him

Toronto Raptors: Pascal Siakam’s success will go as far as his shooting takes him

Pascal Siakam is a player that is good in nearly every aspect of the game for the Toronto Raptors. Although shooting was never one of those fortes, Siakam has shown he can be one of the league’s best players when he shoots the three at an efficient rate. Pascal Siakam, to the surprise of many, […]
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Author: Alexandro Fidanza / Raptors HQ

2020 NHL Draft: Four Russians utilize extra 2020/21 games

With the 2020 NHL Entry Draft occurring nearly 4 months later than normal, scouts have a unique opportunity to catch some extra viewings. The KHL season is about 12 games in, the SHL is underway, and Liiga opened October 1st.
Besides the Russian leagues there won’t be too many games to scrutinize, but every point will draw more attention that players in North America don’t have available to them. If a team is undecided between a European and American prospect it is much better to watch shifts from the past week than months old USHL film. Many of the European prospects are also playing against better competition than they have seen in the past, which is very useful to evaluators.
For all these reasons, draft eligibles in the KHL could rocket up the draft boards by playing well early in the 20/21 season. These are some of the players that have taken advantage of that opportunity:
Yegor Chinakhov
The 5’11” RW is an early ’01 birthday, so he has already gone undrafted once. The reason he drew so much attention this time around was a jump from 16 MHL points to 69. That was enough to vault him Chinakhov into the 6th/7th round on some …

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Author: Earl Schwartz / The Leafs Nation

The bullpen combines to throw a gem against the Red Sox

With nearly the entire starting rotation on the Injured List, the Blue Jays badly needed a big game from the bullpen against the Red Sox on Wednesday. And that’s exactly what they got.

Things worth mentioning…

In the series opener on Tuesday, the Blue Jays felt the wrath of Boston’s still-good offence. As bad as the Sox have been this year, they can still hit the ball, and we, unfortunately, got to see that first hand in a 9-7 loss. The bullpen, as we know, has been incredibly taxed this year. Multiple starters are injured and the Jays have had a hard time getting their arms to go deep into games. With a bullpen game scheduled for Friday and no off-day in sight, the Jays needed someone to step up.
Julian Merryweather got the start as the opener and tossed two excellent innings. Merryweather mixed mostly a fastball (which touched as high as 98.9 mph) and a changeup to great success. He allowed just one hit over his two innings of work while picking up three strikeouts. It looks like you can add Merryweather to the list of young arms who are becoming reliable multi-inning options …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Toronto Raptors: Upgrade your viewing experience with a new TV and more

The NBA is nearly back. You’ve been separated from your Toronto Raptors for far too long. So don’t just watch. Watch like a champ with these items. It’s been months since you’ve been able to watch the Toronto Raptors play some basketball. Don’t just settle back into lackluster routine. Watch the Toronto Raptors’ return like […]
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Author: Nathan Cunningham / Raptors HQ

Father’s Day gifts for the Toronto Raptors fan

Father’s Day is nearly here. Don’t wait until the last possible moment to get dad something awesome. Instead, get him a Toronto Raptors gift. Father’s Day is June 21. It’s time to celebrate dad for being… well, dad. For all the tidbits of knowledge given, for all the time spent… it’s time to say thanks. […]
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Author: Nathan Cunningham / Raptors HQ

News, Ozark, and sourdough: How Blue Jays beat writers are keeping busy without baseball

At this point, it’s nearly impossible to find an industry or field that hasn’t been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. It seemed that after Rudy Gobert’s positive diagnosis on March 12, the consumerist world shut down in phases, with North America’s four big sports leagues—NHL, MLB, NBA, and NFL—reacting immediately. All told, it’s been 42 days and counting since the last North American professional sports game was played.
While professional sports are hardly what legislative bodies and public health organizations would consider essential services, massive amounts of people, from stadium personnel to minor league athletes to team officials, among others, have lost or are in danger of losing their jobs and incomes. Perhaps one of the least talked about of these groups is members of the media, more specifically, the writers who cover the game on a day-to-day basis.
From epic long-form storytellers to everyday watchdogs, members of the media update, captivate, and present information to fans of any sport. In Toronto, Blue Jays fans have several outlets to choose from, whether it be one of the city’s three major newspapers or the alternative digital …

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Author: Hayden Godfrey / Blue Jays Nation

Grades from Toronto Raptors’ Close Win Over 15th Seed Hawks

      The Toronto Raptors nearly blew a 21-point lead, but Norman Powell’s big fourth quarter helped lift the visitors to a 122-117 win over the Atlanta Hawks at State Farm Arena. Now, the grades following win no. 29: A complete mismatch on paper, Monday’s game was everything but in practice, as the Toronto […]
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Author: Jordan Skuse / Raptors HQ

Grades from a close Toronto Raptors loss to the Philadelphia 76ers

The Toronto Raptors nearly came away with a gritty win against the Philadelphia 76ers on the road but in the end, came up short in a 104-110 defeat. The Toronto Raptors have been struggling as of late and their second outing against the Philadelphia 76ers was no different. Philadelphia played a solid game with offensive […]
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Author: Lee Tanner / Raptors HQ

Game 1 Turning Point: Toronto goes flat and Brook Lopez flips an unlikely switch

Toronto began Game 1 playing nearly flawless two-way basketball. However the ghosts of Game 7 came knocking late, as the Raptors looked gassed down the stretch and were undone by Brook Lopez. There’s a lot to like about the way the Raptors played in their Game 1 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday night. But the fourth quarter unfortunately produced some of the worst basketball we’ve seen from this crew so far this postseason. Heading into the final frame, the Raptors held a seven-point lead — circumstances which produced a 24-1 record during the regular season — but then they were outscored 32-17 by the Bucks en route to a 108-100 defeat.
Aside from Kyle Lowry (the most unlikely candidate for the hot-hand, finished with 30 points), the Raptors failed to make a single shot in the final frame (Toronto was 0-for-15 beside Lowry’s 5-of-7) as they saw their lead disappear and quickly turn into an eight-point gap they just couldn’t make up. It appeared to be a simple diagnosis — the entire starting five lost their legs and fans were treated to a clinic of misses that was almost unprecedented.
Marc Gasol finished the game 2-of-11 on the night after knocking …

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Author: Joel E Stephens / Raptors HQ

Raptors seek a bounce back in Game 3 vs. the 76ers: Preview, start time and more

The Raptors nearly won Game 2 despite the 76ers best efforts. Can they answer on the road in Game 3? The Raptors shot 36 percent from the field, made 10 of their 37 three-point attempts, turned the ball over nine times, lost the rebounding battle by 17, and lost Game 2 by a margin of — hold on, let me adjust my glasses — five points.
If you’re not feeling a modicum of optimism, even considering a home playoff loss, then you’re not looking hard enough. The 76ers did all the things they had to do in Monday’s Game 2 after having their butts handed to them in Game 1. They changed up a bunch of defensive matchups — Tobias Harris on Marc Gasol, Joel Embiid on Pascal Siakam, Ben Simmons on Kawhi Leonard — forcing those Raptors players out of their comfort zone (if only in the short-term) and Toronto into matchup hunting. After a devolution of their offence in the first half, though, the Raptors went back to their normal selves. They won the third quarter by seven and nearly stole the game at the last second, as a wide open game-tying Danny Green three was too strong.
So, yes, now the Raptors have to answer with adjustments …

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Author: John Gaudes / Raptors HQ