What Is There to Even Do: A Brief Dive Into the Toronto Maple Leafs Current Predicament

I don’t know that I can speak for everyone else, but I know that I am not having a good time watching this series. Against all odds, because of course, the Toronto Maple Leafs are going the distance against the Montreal Canadiens. A team the Maple Leafs owned during the regular season to the tune of a 6-2-1 record, then proceeded to own for four more subsequent games this postseason until they found a way to completely collapse under the weight of their own deeply ingrained ineptitude. Perhaps I’m fortunate that I’m a lot younger than many other long suffering Maple Leafs fans and don’t have much of anything in the way of pre-2005 lockout Maple Leafs memories. To be completely honest, I don’t even know what’s worse: The years of complete bumbling lunacy that defined this team between 2006 and 2013, culminating with “It Was 4-1”, or this current era of rebuilding, seeing a product that genuinely looks like it’s going to go somewhere, only to have your heart ripped out over and over and OVER again.
Perhaps the Maple Leafs win Game Seven. To be completely honest, the circumstances are there and …

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Author: Jori Negin-Shecter / The Leafs Nation

Three Questions for the Raptors ahead of Game 2 vs. the Orlando Magic

With an unfortunate Game 1 in the books, we speak to the Orlando Pinstriped Post again about what to expect heading into Game 2 in Toronto. After a mildly traumatizing Game 1 for the Raptors, we spoke to managing editor Mike Cali of the Orlando Pinstriped Post again to hear his take on the series so far against the Magic. And to get his thoughts on Game 2 coming up tonight.
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Kyle Lowry doesn’t go scoreless often. Do you anticipate the Magic’s defensive game plan shifting if he makes his shots in game two?

If Kyle Lowry had just made one or two of the open looks he had in Game 1, many of the conversations and tweets since Sunday would be quite different. Magic coach Steve Clifford praised Lowry after the game (in no way sarcastically) for the contributions he made elsewhere and the impact he had on the game even while going scoreless. I think all of Orlando is expecting Lowry to make plenty of shots in Game 2, but either way, the Magic’s defensive game plan is pretty set in stone.
Against a perimeter player like Lowry that means contesting all shots and playing tight body-to-body defense. The Magic didn’ …

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Author: Dylan Litman / Raptors HQ