Will Raptors’ starting lineup changes remain permanent moves?

Will Raptors’ starting lineup changes remain permanent moves?

The Toronto Raptors may have welcomed Scottie Barnes and Gary Trent Jr. back into the fold in their dominant Pascal Siakam-led win against the Cleveland Cavaliers, but they didn’t return to their old roles. Nick Nurse made some truly shocking moves that could alter the starting lineup for good. Both Barnes and Trent came off […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Raptors fans, NBA Twitter react to dominant Pascal Siakam return

Raptors fans, NBA Twitter react to dominant Pascal Siakam return

The Toronto Raptors went 5-5 in their past 10 games, but that was due to the absence of Pascal Siakam. His groin injury kept him out for the better part of three weeks, though that exile finally ended in a Monday night showdown against a very good Cleveland Cavaliers team. Siakam was not eased back […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Raptors’ OG Anunoby becoming an All-Star lock due to hot start

Raptors’ OG Anunoby becoming an All-Star lock due to hot start

The Toronto Raptors have been on the receiving end of some pretty tough injuries this season, as Pascal Siakam and Precious Achiuwa have both missed time. With Gary Trent Jr. having struggled offensively and Scottie Barnes in and out of the lineup, OG Anunoby has saved this team’s backside. Anunoby was one of the main […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

2 key takeaways as Chris Boucher, Raptors take down Mavericks

2 key takeaways as Chris Boucher, Raptors take down Mavericks

Fred VanVleet, Chris Boucher, and the Toronto Raptors started off their matchup against the Dallas Mavericks so poorly that it looked like they were about to be run out of the gym. While big names like Pascal Siakam and Scottie Barnes didn’t play, the first few minutes Toronto put on display were not NBA basketball. […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Raptors injury report: Luka Doncic, Mavericks could feast on beat-up roster

Raptors injury report: Luka Doncic, Mavericks could feast on beat-up roster

The Toronto Raptors were not only unable to take down Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks during their tango a few weeks ago in Texas despite a Scottie Barnes triple-double, but they suffered a few injuries that have completely killed whatever momentum they had going. Losing Pascal Siakam has been destabilizing for this squad. In […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Raptors add perfect Masai Ujiri guard in 2023 NBA Mock Draft

Raptors add perfect Masai Ujiri guard in 2023 NBA Mock Draft

Even as the Toronto Raptors figure out ways to stay in the postseason hunt despite the injury gods giving them some comical bad luck, Masai Ujiri is likely getting his 2023 big board set up. Raptors mock draft time is not just a seasonal event, especially for this front office. After fixing their height issue […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

What could Conor Timmins bring, and is he a good gamble?

What could Conor Timmins bring, and is he a good gamble?

Yesterday the Toronto Maple Leafs and Arizona Coyotes completed a one for one trade. The Leafs sent Curtis Douglas to the desert, and got back Conor Timmins.
Douglas has played 13 games this year with the Marlies, contributing 1 assist and racking up 30 penalty minutes. He is a well documented giant, standing at 6’9. His ceiling with the Leafs was a 4th line centre, and he probably never had the skating to get there. Douglas was very well liked in the dressing room, and was a consummate pro throughout his time with the Marlies. I wish him the very best.
Now, let’s get to Conor Timmins. First, we should examine why Kyle Dubas is taking a chance, and what makes this such a good gamble. Before Timmins played in the NHL or AHL, he was a member of the Soo Greyhounds (go figure). He joins a lengthy list of Leafs to have played in Sault Ste. Marie, and was even a d-partner of one Rasmus Sandin.
Timmins was the first pick of the 2nd round back in 2017, going 32nd overall to Colorado. He was also a member of the Canadian World Junior team in 2018 where he won Gold, and led the tournament in plus/minus. He has also …

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Author: Bennett Jull / The Leafs Nation

1 stud and 1 dud as depleted Raptors get flattened by Nets

1 stud and 1 dud as depleted Raptors get flattened by Nets

Thad Young and the Toronto Raptors went into the season expecting names like Pascal Siakam, Scottie Barnes, and Fred VanVleet to lead them to the promised land. In their second matchup of the season against Kevin Durant and the Brooklyn Nets, none of them were active. Toronto was missing six rotation players in this game. […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Raptors: Nick Nurse calls out Gary Trent Jr. for bad defensive effort

Raptors: Nick Nurse calls out Gary Trent Jr. for bad defensive effort

The Toronto Raptors were taking a big risk when they acquired Gary Trent Jr. from the Portland Trail Blazers in exchange for Norman Powell, as the Duke alum was regarded as one of the league’s worst defenders. That’s not ideal for a team that is committed to this unique style of defense. Trent’s turnaround last […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Blue Jays’ Alek Manoah calls Gerrit Cole biggest cheater in MLB history

How hungry is Alek Manoah? The Toronto Blue Jays pitcher isn’t a fan of cricket tea, but he does enjoy giving it to the New York Yankees, especially Gerrit Cole, whenever possible.
Manoah appeared on the latest episode of Sportsnet’s “How Hungry are You?” with NBA star Serge Ibaka and was asked a series of questions by the former Toronto Raptor. And Mafuzzy Chef certainly didn’t hold back.
The 24-year-old first detailed the elements of baseball to Ibaka, explaining why a starting pitcher usually requires four days of rest between starts. But then the tea really started to spill – so to speak – when the Blue Jays hurler was asked, “Who’s the biggest cheater in baseball history?” Needing little time to respond, Manoah answered with Cole, who was heavily scrutinized for his previous use of foreign substances.

Alek Manoah says Gerrit Cole is the biggest cheater in baseball history pic.twitter.com/XmQ1XewD4M
— Jomboy Media (@JomboyMedia) November 21, 2022

Before Major League Baseball began policing “sticky stuff” midway through the 2021 season, Cole was allegedly one of many pitchers using the illegal substance known as spider tack, which provides improved grip, allowing those same hurlers to increase the spin rates on their pitches.
Manoah also explained the confrontation involving Cole at Yankee Stadium from this past season, where the $324-million pitcher started yelling at his counterpart after Aaron Judge was hit by an inside fastball. Things never escalated any further between the two All-Stars, although that was because Cole didn’t cross the first-base foul line.
The 11th overall selection from 2019 made 31 starts i …

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Author: Thomas Hall / Blue Jays Nation