Toronto Raptors: Pascal Siakam showed shades of former self in Game Three

It’s clear that Siakam has been struggling since the NBA restart, but yesterday, especially in the third quarter we saw Siakam be a positive on offense for the Toronto Raptors. The Toronto Raptors have been nothing short of entertaining since entering the bubble. Their 7-1 record in the seeding games and sweep over the Brooklyn […]
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Author: Alexandro Fidanza / Raptors HQ

News and Notes: Slow Starts, Poor Execution, and Trade Speculation

The Leafs are struggling as of late, with back-to-back-to-back losses since their encouraging three-game winning streak earlier in the month. Let’s take a look at what people are saying during these trying times.

Justin Cuthbert of Yahoo Sports posted a Tweet today that really puts into perspective just how underwhelming Toronto’s start has been this year…

How the teams the Leafs have beaten in regulation have fared pic.twitter.com/P6YD7TSijU
— Justin Cuthbert (@jccuthbert) November 14, 2019

While the Leafs have 22 points and currently sit in a playoff spot, they’ve only won six games in regulation through 20 games played. Those six teams they’ve beaten are listed above. Toronto’s six wins in regulation thus far came against six of the seven worst teams in the league. They’re currently on pace to win 24 games in regulation. For reference, the team won 23 games in regulation in 2015-16 when they were tanking for Auston Matthews.
After last night’s frustrating loss to the New York Islanders, Jake Muzzin pointed out that the team has struggled with focus early on. While they play well for good chunks of the game, there are major lapses in which they mess up …

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Author: Cam Lewis / The Leafs Nation

Raptors execute late in Game 4 to beat 76ers, 101-96

With an injury to Pascal Siakam and a struggling depth chart, the Raptors simply found a way to win — with much credit to Kawhi Leonard. As the clock wound down on Game 4 in Philadelphia, ABC’s Mark Jones started to work his way through the superlatives over a Kawhi Leonard highlight reel. Starting with “magisterial” and ending somewhere related to “unstoppable”, he managed to sum up the general mood around Leonard as it relates to Raptors fans. To put it simply — there hasn’t been a player like him in the history of the franchise.
Needing a win to tie their second round series and take back home court advantage, Leonard was the lynchpin to a 101-96 Game 4 victory for the Raptors, as he had 39 points, 14 rebounds, and five assists. Late in the game, it was Kawhi’s step back three over Joel Embiid that effectively sealed the win.

KAWHI SO CLUTCH pic.twitter.com/89YjFWzoUl— ESPN (@espn) May 5, 2019

In all facets of the game, Kawhi was excellent, getting his points on 13-for-20 shooting and 5-for-7 from deep. He had seven turnovers and was errant with a few float passes, but otherwise worked to get teammates involved and kept the …

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Author: John Gaudes / Raptors HQ

Five thoughts on last night’s Game 3: Raptors 98, Magic 93

A struggling Kawhi Leonard and an unfriendly whistle conspired to keep the Magic in the game, but Pascal Siakam was too much for the Magic. Last night was not a pretty basketball game. Both the Magic and the Raptors brought their A-games on the defensive end, and the referees did their best to remove any sort of rhythm from the game, but the Raptors escaped with a road win — thanks to a gutsy play by Kyle Lowry and a brilliant all-around game from Pascal Siakam.
How Ya Like Me Now, T-Mac?
Tracy McGrady — veteran of both these teams, and he of the “has Pascal Siakam really improved?” take — was in the house in Orlando last night, and he sure got an eyeful of just how improved Pascal Siakam really is.
Siakam was far and away the best player on the floor last night. He had 30 points on 20 shots with only one free throw (more on that later!), 11 rebounds, four assists and zero turnovers.
Every time the Raptors needed a bucket, rebound or stop, Siakam came through, it seemed. He hit a clutch three-pointer to take back the lead after the Magic had gone ahead for the first time. He grabbed …

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Author: Josh Kern / Raptors HQ