Brutal OG Anunoby quote sums up mood after tough Raptors loss

Brutal OG Anunoby quote sums up mood after tough Raptors loss

The Toronto Raptors saw OG Anunoby put up some fantastic numbers in their Game 3 clash against Joel Embiid and the Philadelphia 76ers, but they were unable to close the door on a win thanks to spectacular mismanagement late in this game. An Embiid dagger to seal the win was enough to give Philly a commanding […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

The Leafs will have to sort out the salary cap as players return from their injuries

I spent Tuesday afternoon trying to crunch the numbers on the Leafs. They didn’t really seem to add up, so I tried to crunch them again. Every time I looked at the Leafs cap situation I could feel my head start throbbing more and more, thinking it didn’t make a lick of sense, but I was determined to figure out how Mrazek and Mikheyev return, while the Leafs cut back their lineup, but also have to deal with injuries to Sandin, Marner, Dermott, and the suspension to Spezza. I gave up anyway.
Luckily, our favourite TLN capologist, Earl Schwartz sent out some tweets later this evening that made me feel less stupid, because I was write that the numbers didn’t work, but he also made provides a timeline and outline for how to make things work for the Leafs…

Here’s the timeline for the Leafs:
Dec 11, last day for Mrazek to return from LTIR conditioning loan.
Dec 19, Spezza returns from suspension and roster freeze starts.
Dermott/Sandin back around Dec 23, earliest Marner can return if placed on LTIR retroactively is Dec 29. https://t.co/SorA0IuAj6
— Earl Schwartz (@EarlSchwartz27) December 8, 2021

Qualifiers: technically Mrazek could remain on LTIR …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Staturday: Less is more when it comes to Cody Ceci

I guess you don’t really need to see the numbers to know that the lower the playing time the better off the Leafs are when it comes to Cody Ceci. At the close of the 2019-20 season we will finally be down to the target number of zero minutes and the cruel twist of COVID is that while many of us were hoping to be done with Ceci by now, we’re going to be spending the summer with him.
Nevertheless, he’s a Leaf for now, and that’s not ideal, but it’s interesting to see how Sheldon Keefe might have cracked the code on Cody. It seems like a pretty simple one, and it’s to stop playing him like a top pairing defenseman, and put him on the third pairing as much as possible.
Under Mike Babcock, Cody Ceci’s most frequent partner in every single game played until Babcock’s dismissal was Morgan Rielly. There were two games where he tried Ceci with Muzzin in shutdown situations, but even in those games his primary partner remained Morgan Rielly. Not to throw Babcock completely under the bus …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Three players who could help the Toronto Raptors rebounding woes

The Toronto Raptors’ rebounding numbers have been worth monitoring so far this season. Which three players could change their rebounding fortunes? If you have been tracking the Toronto Raptors season so far, you’ll know they are performing pretty well. Despite the injuries, the Raptors are 25-13 through at, near enough, the midway point of the […]
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Author: Thomas Valentine / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors: How Marc Gasol impacts the game beyond the box score

Despite poor numbers to start the year, Marc Gasol is still helping the Toronto Raptors in ways that don’t show up in the box score. Marc Gasol is shooting 34.4-percent from the field. Let’s rephrase that: The Toronto Raptors 6-foot-11 center, Marc Gasol is shooting 34.4-percent from the field. Included in that, he’s shooting a […]
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Author: Andrew Hughes / Raptors HQ

Game 2 Analysis: What was with the Raptors’ lineup rotation?

After dropping Game 2, we dig into the numbers to decide what exactly the Raptors did wrong. Missing shots is one thing, but this is something else. This — and you know what this is already — is getting annoying. The Raptors lost Game 2 to the Philadelphia 76ers, despite very much having a chance to win. They managed to dig themselves out of two deficits, one in the first half and one late in the fourth, but couldn’t quite manage to take the lead. What’s worse: there are some obvious reasons why they couldn’t.
So yeah, this is getting annoying. Let’s dig into what happened in Game 2.
Indefensible Rotation Decisions
Let’s go through a section from the Game 1 post and see how it aged.
In the 13 minutes against Ibaka, Embiid was unstoppable… He put up 13 points on 10 used possessions and grabbed two offensive boards in those 13 minutes. Overall his line in those minutes pro-rated out to 35 points and 11 rebounds per 36 minutes. And most importantly, Embiid and the 76ers were +14 in those minutes when they got the Ibaka matchup.
In Game 2, in 13 minutes with Joel Embiid matched up with Serge Ibaka, once again the 76ers were +14 in those minutes. …

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Author: Daniel Hackett / Raptors HQ