Toronto Raptors Podcast: Previewing Kawhi Leonard’s return

On this bonus episode, Hunter is joined by Sean Woodley of Locked on Raptors to discuss Kawhi Leonard’s return to Toronto. Where does Kawhi rank among Toronto Raptors’ legends? Should his jersey be retired? All that, and much more! In the most anticipated game of the year, Kawhi Leonard is coming back as a member […]
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Author: Hunter Surphlis / Raptors HQ

Three Questions from the Raptors ahead of Game 6 vs. the Philadelphia 76ers

We spoke to Sean Kennedy of Liberty Ballers to hear his take on the Raptors’ largest win in franchise playoff history, and to prep for Game 6. After an absolute decimation of the 76ers in Game 5, we asked Liberty Ballers’ Sean Kennedy about what went right for the Raptors, Joel Embiid’s illness and changes of strategy heading into next game.
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Out of all the iterations that could’ve played out in Game 5, a Raptors blowout win was not an outcome I envisioned. When the Raptors are hitting their shots, is there a way the 76ers can combat them?
The Sixers are pretty thin in the rotation and don’t have the defensive bodies to throw at the Raptors beyond what they’re been doing thus far. If Toronto is clicking on all cylinders offensively, the only way the Sixers have a chance is to win in a shootout. To win a shootout, Philadelphia needs a reasonably healthy Joel Embiid, i.e. the version we saw in Game 3.
If Embiid is effective, it creates open shots for JJ Redick in the dribble handoff game; as well as good looks from behind the arc for Tobias Harris, Mike Scott, etc., when the …

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Author: Dylan Litman / Raptors HQ

Three Questions from the Raptors ahead of Game 4 vs. the Philadelphia 76ers

On the brink of collapse, we spoke to Sean Kennedy of Liberty Ballers once again to see if the Raptors have any chance of evening the series. After one of the worst losses I’ve ever had to sit through, we asked Sean Kennedy of Liberty Ballers some questions regarding the Raptors’ mindset and game plan heading into Game 4.
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The Raptors have betrayed my confidence yet again, this time getting blown out while showing no signs of life (save for Kawhi Leonard). Do you think the Raptors can muster up the mental energy to split the series in Philly?

I have become incredibly optimistic about this series, but it has more to do with the Sixers finally appearing to perfectly settle into roles within their current group rather than anything Toronto is doing. Ben Simmons has focused on being a defensive stopper, largely concentrating on being a screener and cutter offensively, while Jimmy Butler has assumed the bulk of the ball-handling duties. Joel Embiid is still a focal point and defensive anchor, JJ Redick spaces the floor and works to stay on his man and fight through screens rather than switch, and Tobias Harris has become an elite glue guy. …

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Author: Dylan Litman / Raptors HQ

Three Questions from the Raptors ahead of Game 3 vs. the Philadelphia 76ers

After a frustrating loss, we asked Sean Kennedy of Liberty Ballers how the Raptors can rebound against the Philadelphia 76ers in Game 3. After a lacklustre Raptors performance in Game 2, Sean Kennedy of Liberty Ballers picked apart last game for us and offered some advice for Game 3.
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Last game, the Raptors appeared lethargic and struggled to make shots right from the get-go. What major changes did the Sixers make to stifle Toronto’s offense, and do you think they’re sustainable?
The main changes the Sixers made defensively included having Ben Simmons be the primary defender on Kawhi Leonard, being more aggressive about sending double teams at Kawhi, and switching the frontcourt matchups with Joel Embiid on Pascal Siakam and Tobias Harris on Marc Gasol. All of those moves should remain in place moving forward. As I mentioned prior to Game 2, Simmons has the best chance of slowing down Kawhi, possessing the length to bother him on shot attempts and the mobility to fight through screens. Much of Toronto’s supporting cast seems hesitant to take the lead offensively, so I’m perfectly fine with getting the ball out of Kawhi’s enormous mitts and forcing other Raptors to make a …

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Author: Dylan Litman / Raptors HQ