Here’s why Deandre Ayton joining Raptors remains extreme long shot

Here’s why Deandre Ayton joining Raptors remains extreme long shot

Part of the reason that the Phoenix Suns established themselves as the clear best team in the NBA during the regular season was the continued excellence of center Deandre Ayton. Unfortunately for Monty Williams’ team, the way they crashed out of the postseason might make teams like the Toronto Raptors more aggressive in pursuing Ayton. […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

The Blue Jays’ controversial pitching strategy works out, but the bats couldn’t solve Blake Snell and the Rays’ bullpen

The Rays, man. There’s a reason they were the No. 1 team in the American League. Tampa takes Game 1 by a score of 3-1, meaning the Jays are suddenly facing elimination on Wednesday.

Things worth mentioning…

The pitching was the big story in today’s game, so I’ll start with that. Rather than using their ace, Hyun Jin Ryu in Game 1, the Jays opted to roll with Matt Shoemaker. The plan had to do with the fact Shoe had plenty of success against the Rays in his career and Ryu is better on an extra day of rest. The Shoemaker part of the plan worked to perfection as the veteran was amazing through three innings, scattering just a couple of hits. But that was the end of the line for Shoemaker as the Jays opted to bring in Robbie Ray. How did you feel about that, Shoe?

Not great! Ray came in and promptly allowed Randy Arozarena to smack a triple, causing concern that we were in store for a Ray meltdown. Arozarena would end up scoring on a wild pitch (one that Danny Jansen probably should have come up with) which gave the Rays a 1-0 lead. But …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Why the Leafs Should Explore Trading Andreas Johnsson

The primary reason that hockey teams make trades is that they identify a change they’d like to make and they see some kind of swap of assets as the best way to accomplish it. It could be that they want to add some depth for the playoffs, or lower the amount of money they’re spending, or any other kind of shift they think would benefit their roster. But there’s another reason that teams ought to explore the trade market that isn’t tied to any specific change they want to make, and that’s to take advantage of differences in what a player’s perceived value is compared to their actual value.  Teams should be trying to find players whose current team under-values them (*coughondrejkasecough*) and acquire them at below market value.  They should also be trying to figure out who on their own roster might be over-valued by other teams, and trading those players while their value is at its peak.
Perhaps this is too vague, so allow me to provide a more clear example. Let’s say that a team has a player who we’ll call Andreas Johnsson. And let’s also say that, …

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Author: Drag Like Pull / The Leafs Nation

Leafs need to not play into Backes’ shenanigans

For some reason, the Boston Bruins will be adding David Backes to their Game 2 lineup tonight against the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Leafs really need to not step into his wheelhouse and play the kind of game that he wants them to.
This isn’t to make healthy-scratch David Backes seem like a psychological assassin, but everyone can see that he is going to pull something early in this game to try to “get his team together/motivate his teammates”. An ugly high stick, a dirty hit, mouthing off to Nazem Kadri for some reason — Backes might try them all.
The notion that this will somehow unite his team and play better against this skilled Leafs team is pure idiocy. He might end up with a suspension, which would actually help the Bruins (because he is bad), but that wouldn’t help his team get the puck behind Frederik Andersen.
Backes is a player that just a few months ago injured Blake Coleman with a disgusting blind-sided hit to the head.

It’s in his blood. As a Bruin for the past two years, he has already been suspended a total of six games for two different instances, the Coleman …

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Author: Thomas Williams / The Leafs Nation