Raptors fans react to Joel Embiid, 76ers playoff elimination

Raptors fans react to Joel Embiid, 76ers playoff elimination

The Toronto Raptors fell to the Philadelphia 76ers in six games during their first-round playoff series. Still, Joel Embiid and Doc Rivers could not use that momentum as a springboard to championship success in the conference semifinals. Kyle Lowry, former 76er Jimmy Butler, and the Miami Heat had minimal issues knocking Philly out of contention in […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

3 biggest areas of need for the Toronto Raptors this offseason

3 biggest areas of need for the Toronto Raptors this offseason

Despite losing to the Philadelphia 76ers in six games during the first round of the NBA playoffs, the Toronto Raptors had a successful season in 2021-22. The Raptors clinched the No. 5 seed in the Eastern Conference, Scottie Barnes won Rookie of the Year, and Fred VanVleet is an All-Star this year. Considering that this […]
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Author: Pirasanth Gunasekaram / Raptors HQ

Fred VanVleet injury update: Raptors star out for Game 5 vs. 76ers

Fred VanVleet injury update: Raptors star out for Game 5 vs. 76ers

The Toronto Raptors are hanging on by a thread against the Philadelphia 76ers, as Fred VanVleet and Pascal Siakam are doing everything that they can to escape an early exit at the hands of Joel Embiid and their division rivals. VanVleet hasn’t had the best series against such a quality opponent. VanVleet averaged 13.8 points […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Raptors Game Tonight: Raptors vs 76ers Odds, Starting Lineup, Injury Report, Predictions, TV Channel for NBA Playoffs Game 5

Raptors Game Tonight: Raptors vs 76ers Odds, Starting Lineup, Injury Report, Predictions, TV Channel for NBA Playoffs Game 5

The Toronto Raptors avoided a sweep at the hands of the Philadelphia 76ers, but they still face very long odds when it comes to securing a series win. The latest Raptors odds don’t paint them in the best light, as they are predicting a quick exit that sends them home for the rest of the […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

1 hidden matchup the Raptors can exploit in 76ers playoff series

1 hidden matchup the Raptors can exploit in 76ers playoff series

The Toronto Raptors are facing the Philadelphia 76ers after making an impressive climb to the No. 5 seed in the second half of the season. The Raptors beat the 76ers 3-1 in the season series, and the one they lost was by just five without Scottie Barnes, Fred VanVleet, and OG Anunoby. Toronto is 2-0 against […]
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Author: Sai Pirapakaran / Raptors HQ

A complete history of the Raptors-76ers rivalry in the postseason

A complete history of the Raptors-76ers rivalry in the postseason

The Toronto Raptors and Philadelphia 76ers have met twice before in the NBA Playoffs. The divisional rivals first squared up in 2001 and most recently in 2019. The winner of those series advanced to the NBA Finals both times. Could this 2022 matchup determine the Eastern Conference Champions again? In 2022, these two franchises will […]
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Author: Jason Mills / Raptors HQ

Jack Campbell feels like himself again and the Maple Leafs need him that way going forward

PHILADELPHIA — You could see it coming from a mile away.
The Toronto Maple Leafs have developed a bad habit of playing poorly against teams that are further down in the NHL standings lately and the Philadelphia Flyers looked like they were going to be the next non-playoff team to hand them a loss.
The difference this time was Jack Campbell, who made 11 of his 29 saves in the first period to help his Maple Leafs defeat the Flyers 6-3 on Saturday in the goaltender’s first game in nearly a month.
“I definitely felt like myself, just having fun and competing and playing my game,” Campbell said. “There’s obviously some details [I’m] just going to keep cleaning up. But I really liked the game from the boys in front of me and I like my game and just going to keep building from it.”
Campbell last played a game on Mar. 8 but had played through four games with a rib injury. Bur even before the ailment, Campbell’s numbers were not only bad since December but he was making mental errors on the ice. Whether it was a low-difficulty goal from a long distance or giving up big rebounds in front of the net, Campbell didn’t resemble anythi …

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Author: David Alter / The Leafs Nation

Kyle Schwarber signs with the Phillies. Who else can the Jays target?

The Philadelphia Phillies have signed 29-year-old left fielder, Kyle Schwaber.
 

#Phillies deal with Kyle Schwarber, pending physical, is a 4-year agreement with an AAV just under $20 million per year, sources tell The Athletic.@JSalisburyNBCS was on this
— Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) March 16, 2022

With the acquisition of Matt Chapman, a righty, the Jays are desperately in need of a left handed batter to break up their right batter heavy approach. Schwarber would have fit that bill perfectly, but he’s not an option any more. So let’s briefly look at the options.
Eddie Rosario:
It was reported by Carlos Baerga (who broke the Chapman trade) that the Blue Jays were looking in on the lefty outfielder. In 2021, the 30-year-old slashed .257/.305/.740 with 14 homers in 412 plate appearances. However, in the three years prior to the pandemic, he put up a 27 HR season, a 24 HR season and a 32 HR season, the latter coming in 2019.
In that 2019 season, he slashed .276/.300/.800 in 590 plate appearances, however, he had a BB% of 3.7%, which somehow isn’t his lowest walk rate of his career. The left fielder also has had solid seasons defensively, including a 2 DRS in left field in 2021.
Michael Conforto:
The 29-year-old left batting outfielder has spent his career with the New York Mets. In 2021, he slashed .232/.344/.729 with 14 homers. His career best season came in 2019, where he slashed .257/.363/.856 where he added 33 homers, which shows an interesting trend. Like Rosario and Chapman, his post pandemic numbers took a hit.
The Mets also gave him a qualifying offer, meaning the team that signs him will forfeit their second round pick, a big reason why the Jays shouldn’t bother with Conforto.
Corey Dickerson:
The 32-year-old lefty played the majority of the season in left field. He posted a -1 DRS at the position and is pretty …

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Author: Brennan Delaney / Blue Jays Nation

Toronto Raptors must resist Ben Simmons deal despite declining value

Toronto Raptors must resist Ben Simmons deal despite declining value

As soon as the trade buzz surrounding Philadelphia 76ers star Ben Simmons started to pick up, Masai Ujiri and the Toronto Raptors were mentioned as a potential landing spot. With their desire to get younger and more versatile paired with their disappointing 2020-21 season, the move made some sense in a vacuum. However, both Simmons […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Raptors Game Today: Raptors vs 76ers Odds, Prediction, Pick, TV for Oct. 7

Raptors Game Today: Raptors vs 76ers Odds, Prediction, Pick, TV for Oct. 7

The Toronto Raptors completely dominated the Philadelphia 76ers for large chunks of their preseason opener, as Scottie Barnes, OG Anunoby, and Precious Achiuwa helped lead what was a unified, motivated team that caused problems for Doc Rivers on offense due to their length. While one preseason game is certainly not indicative of a team that […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ