3 Atlantic Division free agents Raptors should consider adding

3 Atlantic Division free agents Raptors should consider adding

The Toronto Raptors have the misfortune of playing in arguably the best division in the NBA. The Atlantic Division is made up of championship contenders and some young teams that are laying the groundwork for eventually moving into that very exclusive, elite tier. Not only are the Raptors and Knicks trying to show that they […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Magic Johnson compares Raptors rookie Scottie Barnes to himself

Magic Johnson compares Raptors rookie Scottie Barnes to himself

The Toronto Raptors might not be playing well in their series against the Philadelphia 76ers, but it’s hard to do so when rookie sensation Scottie Barnes has been inactive or limited due to injury. Toronto now stands on the brink of getting swept by their division rivals. Barnes has not looked like a rookie at […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Pre-2022 Blue Jays Top Prospects Countdown – No. 7: Leonardo Jimenez

Despite playing in Low A, his highest level to date, Leo Jimenez was added to the Blue Jays 40-man roster. For good reason. The 20-year-old is one of their most enticing infield prospects as his bat and glove are pretty darn good.

Background:
Of course, we’ll start with his background. Jimenez was signed for $825,000 during the 2017 International Free Agency period from Panama.
In his first professional season in 2018, the then 17-year-old slashed .250/.333/.674 without a home run in 150 plate appearances. However, there were signs that the young shortstop had potential, as he walked 10.7% while only striking out 11.3% of the time. Two solid percentages for a 17-year-old already playing in the States.
In 2019, the then 18-year-old slashed .298/.377/.754 in 245 plate appearances, an improvement at the same level he had played a season prior. However, with an increase in batting average, his K% also rose to 17.1% while his BB% decreased to 8.6%. Leo also failed to register a home run in 2019.
Then came the global pandemic, which meant that Jimenez and every other minor league didn’t get to play a 2020 minor league season due to the cancellation. 
With all these numbers in mind, why does Leo Jimenez rank so high?
Jimenez’s 2021:
This is probably the craziest statistic in this series, even more so than Kendry Rojas pitching more in …

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Author: Brennan Delaney / Blue Jays Nation

Raptors Game Tonight: Raptors vs Pelicans Odds, Starting Lineup, Injury Report, Predictions, TV Channel for Jan. 9

Raptors Game Tonight: Raptors vs Pelicans Odds, Starting Lineup, Injury Report, Predictions, TV Channel for Jan. 9

While the Toronto Raptors have benefitted from playing some good teams without their best players in 2022, the fact that they’ve started the year this hot is very encouraging. The latest Raptors odds seem to believe that Fred VanVleet and company will pick yet another victory against a Western Conference team. Toronto will match up against […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

The TLN Three Stars: Justin Bieber brings good luck to the Leafs in their win over the Kings

If you were on the fence about staying up for the Leafs playing on the west coast, hopefully you made the right decision and tuned in. Or at the very least hung in there until it was clearly getting out of hand for the Leafs and used that as a way to enjoy Leafs hockey but still make it to bed before midnight. If you did that, good for you. If you decided to skip the game, and this is your first read of what has happened, well… guess what? The scoring problem is fixed thanks to Jonathan Quick.
While there isn’t any shortage of positive takeaways from the game, I’ll start off with the Debbie Downer angle, and point out the targeted head shot on David Kampf in the first period…

David Kampf is clipped high by Kupari pic.twitter.com/EJ42g1boRW
— Omar (@TicTacTOmar) November 25, 2021

Kampf was kept out of the rest of the game for precautionary reasons, and we’ll soon learn whether he’ll be returning to the Leafs lineup in the near future. Worst case scenario is that we get a brief look at Kirill Semyonov.
Hopefully we’ll soon get encouraging …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Raptors: 3 fun lineups when Pascal Siakam and Yuta Watanabe return

Raptors: 3 fun lineups when Pascal Siakam and Yuta Watanabe return

The Toronto Raptors have been playing through the season with a clipped wing due to injuries sustained by Pascal Siakam and Yuta Watanabe, and they’ve been surprisingly effective despite their opening injuries. While we were all optimistic of OG Anunoby and the rest stealing a couple of wins, the thought of a Siakam-less starting lineup […]
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Author: Tyler Hedmann / Raptors HQ

Raptors: Unvaccinated players could face jail time in Toronto if quarantine is breached

Raptors: Unvaccinated players could face jail time in Toronto if quarantine is breached

Playing against the Toronto Raptors in 2021-22 could be a completely different experience for vaccinated players when compared to unvaccinated players, as governments at every level have imposed stricter regulations and rules on how freely players can move about and what activities they can perform. While the NBA has reportedly reached a 96% vaccination rate, […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Leafs get an outdoor game, but unfortunately it’s against the Sabres

Good news everyone, the Leafs will be playing outside again this year. The bad news is it will likely be against a Jack Eichel-less Buffalo Sabres team in Hamilton.

The 2022 Tim Hortons NHL #HeritageClassic will feature the @MapleLeafs and @BuffaloSabres on March 13 at Tim Hortons Field, in Hamilton, Ont. Info: https://t.co/S1v1ewXgdd pic.twitter.com/bn8twg6A6q
— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) September 16, 2021

The game counts as a Sabres home game, so you can hold back any possible outrage over having to drive to Hamilton for a Leafs game instead of it being in Toronto, this is just shaving some time off the drive to Buffalo for Leafs fans who normally make that trip, and saving people the inconvenience of the border crossing, which ironically the home team fans will have to put up with. It being a Sabres home game seems like it will be so in name only, as Leafs fans generally take over the arena in Buffalo anyways, and in this scenario it seems very unlikely their fans will outnumber the Leafs fans.
This also marks the first time that an American team has been involved in the Heritage Classic, let …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

When could Bobby McMann be in an NHL lineup?

Bobby McMann and where he could be playing this year is very interesting. With all the players that the Toronto Marlies have, he could be sent to the Newfoundland Growlers. However, he could stick with the Marlies if he has a good training camp.
In this video, I discuss when, and if, McMann could make it to the NHL. And why I might need a little more time to figure out that answer.
Enjoy the video!

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Raptors: 3 worst free agency blunders by Atlantic rivals

Toronto Raptors: 3 worst free agency blunders by Atlantic rivals

The Toronto Raptors have the unfortunate pleasure of playing in the toughest division in the NBA. While Masai Ujiri is trying to retool this team and make the playoffs, Toronto’s rivals are either considered to be championship contenders like the Nets and 76ers or playoff locks like the Knicks and Celtics. While the Raptors were […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ