Toronto Raptors: Why OG Anunoby was snubbed from All-Defensive team

Toronto Raptors: Why OG Anunoby was snubbed from All-Defensive team

While this outcome may have been expected when even the talents of Kyle Lowry and Pascal Siakam were unable to salvage this season, the Toronto Raptors were shut out of NBA Awards voting. Even the great OG Anunoby was unable to end up taking home any sort of trophy. While Chris Boucher did get some […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

The Trevor Bauer Discussion Needs Nuance – Rosie DiManno Used None of it

Barring an absolutely bizarre outcome, Trevor Bauer is going to win the Cy Young award this year in the National League, and rightfully so, as the 29-year-old was dominating in his short 2020 season.

A 1.73 ERA with a 36% K% and a 6.1% BB% while allowing 9 home runs in 73 innings is immaculate, and Bauer deserves to be recognized for those accomplishments. He is also a free agent this off-season, and if you’re reading this, you’re well aware that the Blue Jays, like virtually every team in baseball, have an acute need for high-end starting pitching. Naturally, there will be articles clamoring for the two to get together.
Rosie Dimanno of the Toronto Star kicked things off with one yesterday, but completely missed the mark. I won’t quote from the piece here, but go read it before continuing on in this article.
The article she wrote was just weird on many levels. From the title “The Blue Jays need Trevor Bauer, baseball’s outrage king. It’s a pitch worth making on so many levels”, one would think DiManno was prepared to address the real question of grappling with Bauer’s excellent on the field results but questionable morality off of …

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Author: Gideon Turk / Blue Jays Nation

Hopes of the Leafs picking first overall remain alive

First off, congratulations to the NHL for landing on the most interesting outcome for a change. My goodness, I might have been starved for hockey content, but the NHL draft delivered on everything I hoped it would.
Here is the draft outcome…
8th pick Buffalo Sabres
7th pick New Jersey Devils
6th pick Anaheim Ducks
5th pick Ottawa Senators
4th pick Detroit Red Wings
3rd pick Ottawa Senators
2nd pick Los Angeles Kings
1st pick TBD
GO TBD!!!
According to the NHL, the eight teams that lose the play-in round of the playoffs will all have an equal opportunity to be selected 1st overall, the Leafs, who have a top ten protection on the pick they sent to Carolina have a shot at that pick, but otherwise will not find their way into the top ten in this draft. Presumably the Hurricanes will be cheering for the Leafs in the play-in round.
I’m not sure if that is what I want, and think the Leafs have a good chance of making a go of it in the playoffs, but if you want to read about why this wouldn’t be a bad thing, check out Scott …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Preseason Post-Game #5: 5 Takeaways from the Maple Leafs’ Shutout of the Habs

Look, the actual outcome of last night’s preseason action probably isn’t at the forefront of your mind right now. It’s not for me, either. Writing about a game in which the on-ice events weren’t the main focus of attention is, frankly, a pretty weird thing to do. But the Maple Leafs did their best to block out that noise on Monday night while taking on the Montreal Canadiens, ultimately capping the bottom half of their home-and-home set the same way they did the first: a 3-0 shutout win.
Many things happened. Let’s take a look at five that stood out.
1) Trevor Moore Scored
I just feel the need to mention this whenever it happens. Trevor Moore is a very good hockey player. Good enough to earn a promotion to the third line during the most wide-open training camps of the Leafs’ contention window, and good enough to make the most of that promotion by scoring grimy, strap-on-your-lunchpail goals.
If he sticks alongside Kerfoot and Mikheyev, I’m officially on the “Trevor Moore for 15 Goals” bandwagon. Like I ever wasn’t in the first place.
2) Frederik Gauthier is a New Man
I don’t know exactly …

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Author: Mike Stephens / The Leafs Nation