Panic or Patience? 3 potentially concerning trends for the Raptors

Panic or Patience? 3 potentially concerning trends for the Raptors

The Toronto Raptors recently saw a six-game winning streak snapped at the hands of Chris Paul and the Phoenix Suns. While Fred VanVleet kept playing at an All-Star level and Pascal Siakam had one of his best days, the team was unable to overcome such a deep, composed Suns team. With Toronto sitting at 20-18 […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Raptors mock draft roundup: Toronto gambles on potential, scoring

Raptors mock draft roundup: Toronto gambles on potential, scoring

The Toronto Raptors have been on a hot streak of late, but that hasn’t stopped the Raptors mock draft wizards from figuring out what Masai Ujiri is going to do when the 2022 NBA Draft rolls around. There are some noteworthy holes that need addressing on this team. The Raptors need a backup point guard, […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

The Leafs three stars of a week where the top line takes over

On a hot streak with a record of 13-2-0 in their last 15 games, the Toronto Maple Leafs entered week eight of the season looking to continue that and continue their current win streak which was at three games as they entered Anaheim to play the Ducks Sunday night. With games against the Avalanche and the Wild later that week, the Maple Leafs were in for a tough week given that all three teams have played well thus far this season and this week was going to be just as an important one as the week where they played the Golden Knights, Lightning, and Bruins.
Well, Sunday night after beating the Kings and Sharks to begin their California road trip, Toronto walked into the building and came away with an impressive 5-1 win against a Ducks team that is overachieving this season. Despite them overachieving so far this season, Anaheim is still playing good hockey and has a couple of players having breakout seasons this year. Anyways, if Toronto can go through California and come away with three wins, then it’s a good time.
Now on a four-game winning streak, Toronto is finally back home after a four-game road …

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Author: Joseph Zita / The Leafs Nation

Raptors: Kevin Durant expecting tough challenge from Toronto fans

Raptors: Kevin Durant expecting tough challenge from Toronto fans

The Toronto Raptors saw their five-game winning streak come to an end on Friday night against a solid Cavaliers team, but they don’t have a ton of time to sit around and sulk. Raptors fans will see their team embark on a brutal stretch of games that includes a tussle with Kevin Durant and the […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Raptors Game Tonight: Raptors vs Nets Odds, Starting Lineup, Injury Report, Predictions, TV Channel for Nov. 7

Raptors Game Tonight: Raptors vs Nets Odds, Starting Lineup, Injury Report, Predictions, TV Channel for Nov. 7

The Toronto Raptors finally saw their winning streak snapped, as their five-game run was halted excruciatingly when the Cavaliers came to Canada and beat them by just one point. The latest Raptors odds don’t seem as forgiving for Nick Nurse. For the first time this season, Toronto will face off against Kevin Durant, James Harden, […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

The Leafs’ recent win streak is surprisingly well-deserved

The recent four-game winning streak for our beloved Toronto Maple Leafs is a welcome respite from what was a really concerning October. The team looked lethargic, and it was honestly getting a bit desperate. What we were seeing felt like a continuation of the depressing finish to last season, exiting the playoffs in the first round yet again.
However, despite how things looked to start, it feels like it is starting to turn around. After victories against Detroit and Chicago that were, frankly, embarrassingly close, the Leafs put together a deserved dominant win over an admittedly faltering Vegas team, and then a well-fought victory over the three-peat-hopeful Tampa Bay Lightning.
I wanted to know: are these wins a mirage? Are the real Leafs the ones who were losing and looking terrible, or the ones winning and looking pretty solid?
The Leafs are now 11 games into the season, which is a really nice niche where we haven’t seen enough goals to let them determine team quality, so shot attempts are by far the best indicator of team quality. This because we’ve seen way more shot attempts, enough to somewhat reliably predict what might happen as the season rolls on.


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Author: Ryan Hobart / The Leafs Nation

Raptors: 3 players who could shine without Scottie Barnes

Raptors: 3 players who could shine without Scottie Barnes

The Toronto Raptors went on a 3-game winning streak after a slow 1-3 start to the season, but thanks to some sensational performances from rookie stud Scottie Barnes, the ship started to steady. However, before their matchup against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden, Barnes suffered his first major NBA injury. Barnes is […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Raptors Game Tonight: Raptors vs Pacers Odds, Starting Lineup, Injury Report, Predictions, TV Channel for Oct. 30

Raptors Game Tonight: Raptors vs Pacers Odds, Starting Lineup, Injury Report, Predictions, TV Channel for Oct. 30

The Toronto Raptors are riding a bit of a hot streak. Not only have they won two straight games, but they lost one against a very good Bulls team in which they hung with them until the last second. Scottie Barnes, Fred VanVleet, and the rest of the squad look motivated and energetic, but will […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Another day, another meltdown

The losing streak has reached five games.

Remember when the Blue Jays won their first game of the Boston series earlier this week and then had a chance to get into first place in the American League East with another win? That feels like another lifetime. The team now has a 23-22 record.
Sunday’s game actually looked like a prime opportunity to end the skid. Hyun Jin Ryu took the mound and tossed a gem, allowing just a couple of earned runs over six-and-two-thirds innings. In the bottom of the eighth inning, Teoscar Hernandez reached on an infield single (which could have been scored an error) and then Randal Grichuk put the team up 4-2 with a bomb.
Charlie Montoyo opted to roll with Tyler Chatwood, who had allowed one earned run all season coming into the game, in the ninth inning to close things down.
And then everything went to hell.
Chatwood walked Ji-Man Choi and allowed Brandon Lowe to smack a single. He got Taylor Walls to ground out but then Brett Phillips made the score 4-3 with a single of his own. Chatwood then got Randy Arozarena to line out but then walked Yandy Diaz to …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Hyun Jin Ryu gets knocked around for the first time this season as the Blue Jays fall in Boston

The losing streak extends to three as the Blue Jays get dropped in Boston by a score of 4-2. Those Sox, they might be pretty good!

Things worth mentioning…

For the first time this season, Hyun Jin Ryu got hit. Heading into tonight’s game, Toronto’s ace had allowed just four earned runs over the course of 19 innings. Tonight, he allowed four in five innings. Ryu was masterful through his first three innings but the Red Sox got to him their second time up to bat. In the fourth inning, Ryu allowed a single, a single, a homer to Xander Bogaerts, a double, and a triple for four runs. He managed to work through a double and a fielding error in the fifth inning and then got pulled. Boston just came off a win in which they put up six innings in the first on Lucas Giolito, so I wouldn’t pin this so much on Ryu pitching poorly, more so on Boston being very hot.
Even despite Ryu’s ho-hum start, the Blue Jays bats, yet again, did virtually nothing. The team scored only two runs, both on solo homers from Bo Bichette and Randal Grichuk. They only …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation