Raptors: Would Toronto be contenders with Andre Drummond?

Raptors: Would Toronto be contenders with Andre Drummond?

The Cleveland Cavaliers had a bit of a logjam at center, as the standout play of young rim-runner Jarrett Allen has made it difficult for JB Bickerstaff to find playing time for both Allen and Andre Drummond. While he came into this season as a potential trade target, rumors have really revved up in recent […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Raptors: What can we expect from Patrick McCaw when he returns?

Raptors: What can we expect from Patrick McCaw when he returns?

Toronto Raptors swingman Patrick McCaw has yet to play a game this season. The 25-year-old is still recovering from a knee problem, specifically a recurring benign mass on the back of his left knee. McCaw first had surgery to remove the mass in November of 2019. However, he has since had to have it treated multiple […]
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Author: Jose Guzman / Raptors HQ

Raptor of the Week: OG Anunoby

Raptor of the Week:  OG Anunoby

OG Anunoby’s play this week shows that the Toronto Raptors may have one last ace up their sleeve. Until Friday night’s game, plenty of players were vying for the highly-contested title of Raptor of the Week. Will Kyle Lowry’s steady production and team leadership put him over the top?  Or will OG Anunoby’s newfound assertiveness and defensive […]
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Author: Avishai Sol / Raptors HQ

The Maple Leafs win their one-and-only pre-season game

I know, I know, the Maple Leafs didn’t play a pre-season game, but it was technically a win. Toronto had two teams facing off against each other labelled as “Team Blue” and “Team White”. If I had to be honest, it was actually a lower scoring game than I thought it would be.
But alas, it was a great game. Some incredible showings from William Nylander, Auston Matthews, Mitch Marner, John Tavares and even Nick Robertson. As I’m writing this, it’s almost 12:00AM on January 10th, which means — only three more days until real NHL hockey.
I, personally, am not ready. But hopefully this video helps you get ready for the season and I hope you enjoy this new series that will be after every Maple Leafs game.

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

I regret to inform you that I’m back on my Taylor Hall to the Leafs BS

Taylor Hall doesn’t play defense. This is a fact. A heartbreaking one because the Leafs need defense. The Leafs still would need to find a way to address that need, but the solution isn’t Taylor Hall. That doesn’t mean that Taylor Hall shouldn’t be a target for the Leafs in free agency, because last time I checked, Taylor is a damned good hockey player, one who can make Toronto better, and one that allows Toronto to explore different options via trade later on.

Sources say the Arizona Coyotes are shopping the rights to Taylor Hall.
— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) October 5, 2020

So that’s the catalyst for my Taylor Hall bullshit this morning. It’s become clear that he’s not sticking around Arizona (no real surprise) and he’s going to hit free agency on Friday. I wouldn’t say that shopping for his rights is a particularly good idea unless Toronto wants to dump some salary in the process of acquiring him or simply feel that having 11 picks in the draft this year is too stressful.

Chris Johnston on Headlines says Taylor Hall will entertain 1 or 2 yr deals.
— NHL Watcher (@NHL_Watcher) October 4, 2020

While I’m …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Blueprint for Beating the Tampa Bay Rays

Its official the Blue Jays will play Tampa Bay in the Wild Card round. Tampa Bay was the class of the American League in this shortened season. They went 40-20 to lead the AL finishing just three games behind the Dodgers for the MLB lead. The Blue Jays went 32-28 taking the second wild card.
The Blue Jays enter this series as heavy underdogs, but there is a way they can win this series.
The official rotation for the Blue Jays hasn’t been announced yet but it seems likely that Taijuan Walker will start Game 1 instead of Hyun-Jin Ryu. It’s been speculated that he perhaps asked the Blue Jays to give him an extra day of rest.
This actually can work in the Blue Jays favour. They get their ace fully rested and in a situation he is comfortable with and having Walker pitch Game 1 isn’t the worst thing.
For one Walker’s primary pitch is a four-seam fastball. It averages 93.2 mph, with 2143 rpm of spin, per Baseball Savant. Batters hit just .156 off the pitch the 14th lowest in the league among pitchers who faced at least 50 batters. He gets whiffs on it 23.1% of the time. It’ …

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Author: Paul Berthelot / Blue Jays Nation

Toronto Raptors are going to need Norman Powell’s scoring in Game 5

The Toronto Raptors are set to play Game 5 against the Boston Celtics and they need everything they can get from someone who’s been way too quiet this series, Norman Powell. For the series, Norman Powell is shooting a very poor 33.33 (9/27) percent from the field. When teams are down 2-0 in the playoffs, only […]
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Author: Alexandro Fidanza / Raptors HQ

“Sports are the reward of a functioning society”

The Blue Jays and Red Sox won’t play their game as scheduled tonight.

This started on Wednesday night, when the Milwaukee Bucks and Orlando Magic agreed to a wildcat strike, in which both teams walked out on their playoff game. The decision was made in protest of the shooting of James Blake, a 29-year-old African American man who was shot in the back seven times by a police officer in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
Shortly after, all of the NBA and WNBA games scheduled for Wednesday night were postponed as the players opted to sit out in protest. The wave spread to Major League Baseball, as the Angels and Astros, the Reds and Brewers, the Mariners and Padres, and Dodgers and Giants all opted to sit out.
Tonight, the protest continues. All of the NBA, WNBA, and NHL games on the schedule along with multiple MLB games, including the one between the Blue Jays and Red Sox, have been postponed.
This is a historic move of action by these professional athletes. What began as a protest by San Fransisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick four years ago has now blown into a full-on movement.
I am not going to stand up …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Toronto Raptors: The case for giving Matt Thomas playoff minutes

As the Toronto Raptors wrap up regular season play,  Matt Thomas is continuing to prove that he’s deserving of a role in the postseason. With a few games left on the Toronto Raptors seeding schedule, the defending champions had already clinched second place in the conference, leaving them with next to nothing to prove in […]
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Author: Kyle Oliveira / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors: Siakam has been the Bubble’s biggest Disappointment

The Toronto Raptors have had a successful return to play in Orlando, but the same can’t be said for Pascal Siakam who is struggling to find his form as of late. It feels as if we have seen three different versions of Pascal Siakam so far this season — and he is gradually getting less […]
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Author: Alexandro Fidanza / Raptors HQ