The TLN Three Stars: We pretty well saw that coming, didn’t we?

After the Penguins announced that most of their players were missing, it seemed inevitable that our beloved Maple Leafs would lose this game. But to lose in such spectacular, disastrous fashion, I don’t think even the most pessimistic Leafs fan could have called that.
To lose by 6 goals was depressing, to say the least. It was a completely disheartening performance.
What a disaster.
3rd star: Michael Bunting I guess?
He looked alright on a play or two I think. There wasn’t really much to praise in this game, especially with the penalites late on into the game, but his grittiness and passion at least made him watchable in this tire fire.
2nd star: Do I have to? Maybe TJ Brodie?
He broke up a 2-on-1 that was pretty impressive. I think he played well overall. Not many others did.
1st star: Jason Spezza
Where would we be without Jason Spezza? The man who for whatever reason has tied his boat to this team, an impossibly heavy anchor, we should be eternally grateful. Scoring that goal in the 1st period was the only real bright spot in this game.
40th star: Kasperi Kapanen
Somehow, despite all of the madness …

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Author: Ryan Hobart / The Leafs Nation

Raptors: Motivation from Gary Trent Jr. hyped up Scottie Barnes

Raptors: Motivation from Gary Trent Jr. hyped up Scottie Barnes

After laying an egg against the Wizards in their home opener, Scottie Barnes and the Toronto Raptors rebounded with a dominant victory against the rival Boston Celtics. Barnes and Gary Trent Jr. were the two top offensive performers in what was one of the worst home losses in years for Boston. While Trent scored 20 […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Raptors Game Tonight: Raptors vs Mavericks Odds, Starting Lineup, Injury Report, Predictions, TV Channel for Oct. 23

Raptors Game Tonight: Raptors vs Mavericks Odds, Starting Lineup, Injury Report, Predictions, TV Channel for Oct. 23

After an ugly offensive showing in their home opener, the Toronto Raptors managed to tighten things up in Boston against the rival Celtics. While they didn’t have the most efficient shooting performance, the likes of Scottie Barnes were able to carry this team to a victory. Unfortunately, the newest Raptors odds aren’t projecting another win […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Raptors rumors: 3 quality young big men to watch in trade talks

Raptors rumors: 3 quality young big men to watch in trade talks

Masai Ujiri and the Toronto Raptors completed their mission to create a roster as positionless as any in the league, as they don’t have a single player on the roster that is taller than 6-9. Still, that directive coupled with a year that Ujiri himself described as one that will be full of growing pains […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Raptors Game Tonight: Raptors vs Celtics Odds, Starting Lineup, Injury Report, Predictions, TV Channel for Oct. 22

Raptors Game Tonight: Raptors vs Celtics Odds, Starting Lineup, Injury Report, Predictions, TV Channel for Oct. 22

The Toronto Raptors made their much-anticipated season debut against the Wizards on Wednesday night, but they fell flat on their face. After mustering just 83 points in a home loss, most of which came with the game already decided, the latest Raptors odds picture them struggling to win against a division rival. Toronto heads to […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Raptors: Chris Boucher could return soon after latest injury update

Raptors: Chris Boucher could return soon after latest injury update

The Toronto Raptors are finally ready to get their 2021-22 season started off on the right foot, and they managed to get some extra good news in the form of a Chris Boucher injury update right before the opener. No. 25 figures to be a huge part of the team’s success in the paint this season. […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Raptors: Nick Nurse explains reason for keeping Sam Dekker on roster

Raptors: Nick Nurse explains reason for keeping Sam Dekker on roster

The Toronto Raptors finally put an end to their training camp competition, as they invited six players with non-guaranteed contracts to compete for their final three roster spots. Sam Dekker, Yuta Watanabe, and Isaac Bonga made the final cut, while Ishmail Wainright, Freddie Gillespie, and Reggie Perry were cut. With Yuta and Bonga cementing themselves […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors: 3 most memorable home openers in franchise history

Toronto Raptors: 3 most memorable home openers in franchise history

The Toronto Raptors begin their 27th NBA season when they host the Washington Wizards at Scotiabank Arena on October 20 for what will be one of the most memorable home-openers in Raptors franchise history. This Raptors home opener has extra significance. Exactly 600 days will have elapsed since the last NBA regular-season game in Toronto, […]
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Author: Brian Swane / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors: Making a roster case for all 3 non-guaranteed players

Toronto Raptors: Making a roster case for all 3 non-guaranteed players

The Toronto Raptors are on the verge of finally setting their 15-man roster after finishing up their postseason grind against the Washington Wizards. After waiving Freddie Gillespie and Reggie Perry, Nick Nurse must select two of either Isaac Bonga, Ishmail Wainright, or Sam Dekker to secure the final roster spots. All three of these players […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Raptors: Alex Antetokounmpo, Josh Hall to sign Exhibit 10 contracts

Raptors: Alex Antetokounmpo, Josh Hall to sign Exhibit 10 contracts

The Toronto Raptors are still in the process of filling out their NBA roster, but that doesn’t mean they are forsaking Raptors 905. In order to get Patrick Mutombo some new talent in his ranks, the front office is rolling the dice on a virtual unknown in Alex Antetokounmpo and a former top recruit in […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ