Did the Raptors find something in former first-round pick DJ Wilson?

Did the Raptors find something in former first-round pick DJ Wilson?

The Toronto Raptors are officially in panic mode, as seven players (including Fred VanVleet, Pascal Siakam, and Scottie Barnes) have entered the league’s health and safety protocols. One of the few beneficiaries of this misfortune has been the G League, as dozens of players like Tremont Waters and DJ Wilson are signing NBA contracts. The […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

What Now? Schedule Doesn’t Get Any Easier for Toronto Raptors

What Now? Schedule Doesn’t Get Any Easier for Toronto Raptors

With urgency growing and panic setting in, it’s time to look at the upcoming schedule to determine whether the Toronto Raptors can get out of their tailspin before it’s too late. I don’t need to tell anyone here about the current sorry state of the Toronto Raptors. On Wednesday night in Phoenix, the club lost […]
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Author: Ben Fisher / Raptors HQ

The NHL vs. NHLPA dispute is a predictable mess

Step 1: Calm down any panic by shiftly reaching an agreement on a Collective Agreement
Step 2: Briefly return to play and execute that return to play better than anyone would have expected you too.
Step 3: Spend freely during free agency.
Step 4: Realize the virus you needed to go away to sell tickets didn’t magically go away.
Step 5: Panic because you had no Plan B for Step 4.
Before the summer return to play the NHL and the NHLPA managed to pull off what was once considered impossible and they agreed to a Collective Agreement without the loss of games or a cancellation of the season. Of course we’re still seeing cancelled games and a threatened season, but it’s somewhat refreshing to not have it entirely labour relations related, until now.

NHLPA Board call wrapped up around 6:30 pm ET, went about 2 1/2 hours. No votes taken. Just a discussion. But sources say feeling on the call was that players aren’t keen on changing salary deferral/escrow rates from what was already agreed to in June CBA. More discussion needed
— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) November 18, 2020

The NHL views this as a timing issue. The players are only entitled to 50 % of HRR. The more …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Injury Update: Pascal Siakam doubtful for Game 4 with calf contusion

Pascal Siakam has a calf contusion. Is it time to panic? If the outcome of Game 3 left you feeling queasy, the news out of Philadelphia today isn’t going to make you feel any better:

Pascal Siakam is doubtful for Game 4 with a calf contusion.— Blake Murphy (@BlakeMurphyODC) May 4, 2019

I don’t think I need to overstate the obvious here: if Pascal Siakam can’t play, or even if he’s limited, the Raptors are in serious trouble. Siakam has easily been the Raptors’ second best player in this series thus far (a low bar, to be sure, but still), and his absence means more minutes for Serge Ibaka and Norman Powell (who have been disastrous to date).
To date in this post-season, SIakam’s averaging a studly 22.9 / 7.4 / 2.5 on a 58.8 True Shooting percentage and a Usage Rate of 25.9. At times — including Game 3 — he’s been the only willing scorer on the team outside of Kawhi Leonard, and his absence will only stand to ramp up the double teams Leonard will face when he’s asked to run the offense.
If there’s any hope for Game 4 success, it is due to Kawhi. He remains the best player in the series, …

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Author: Sean Woodley / Raptors HQ