Toronto Raptors: 3 reasons Jalen Suggs should be the pick at No. 4

Toronto Raptors: 3 reasons Jalen Suggs should be the pick at No. 4

After an extremely tough year in Tampa, the Toronto Raptors draft plans didn’t look as promising as some would have hoped. With the seventh-best odds at the top pick in the 2021 NBA Draft, the Raptors appeared to be incapable of selecting a game-change like Cade Cunningham, Jalen Green, or Jalen Suggs. However, the cosmic […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors: Pascal Siakam buys his mom new house for Mother’s Day

Toronto Raptors: Pascal Siakam buys his mom new house for Mother’s Day

This season has been tough for Toronto Raptors star Pascal Siakam. In addition to critics overlooking his quality play on the court, he and the rest of his team have been dislodged from their Toronto home. Despite all of that, Siakam has made sure that everyone in his inner circle is taken care of amid […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors: Should point-forward Pascal Siakam become part of Toronto’s rotations?

Toronto Raptors: Should point-forward Pascal Siakam become part of Toronto’s rotations?

Amid a very poor start individually in a tough season for the Toronto Raptors, Pascal Siakam is proving once again that he is one of the best power forwards in the league, as he has proven that putting the ball in the basket is far from his only positive trait. He did struggle against Julius […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Marlies and Me: Ian Scott plays first hockey game in almost two years

It’s been a tough stretch for the Marlies, who’ve been outscored 16-8 in their last three games. This week was another one full of practices which was to really help Toronto get focused in on these next few against Laval — who were bringing in Cole Caufield to have him gain some professional experience.
And really, he didn’t disappoint for Habs fans. Caufield had two goals and one assist against the Marlies on Friday night and one goal against Toronto on Saturday afternoon.

Cole Caufield scores his first AHL goal. pic.twitter.com/fxguT2kPMV
— Nick Barden (@nickbarden) April 10, 2021

Even without Caufield though, the Marlies knew how good Laval is and coming into this weekend they were really just focused on themselves.
“We’re going to have to know where he [Caufield] is on the ice at all times and make it challenging for him.” Said Greg Moore prior to Friday night’s game against Laval. “Most of the preparation, we’ll continue to focus on ourselves and what our game plan is for the team.”
These two games were both a testament to how good the Laval Rocket are, but also to how much the Marlies have …

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

TLN Three Stars: First Line Magic

Coming off a tough OT loss to the Edmonton Oilers, and battling for the top spot of the Scotia North Division, the Toronto Maple Leafs were looking to get back in action as the puck dropped against the Winnipeg Jets for tonight’s game. The Leafs came in hot and heavy as they ended the first period with lots of good chances, outshooting the Jets 14-6, and a 2-0 lead with goals by Auston Matthews and Zach Hyman. The second period was a lot more even as the Jets started to get some scoring chances, but not much to show for it. Alexander Kerfoot managed to get a shorthanded goal as Josh Morrissey lost a puck battle, but answered right back as Morrissey got one past Jack Campbell less than a minute later. The period ended as the Jets were outshooting the Leafs 22-21, but the Leafs held on with a 3-1 lead. As the puck dropped for the third, you could tell that both teams wanted to keep the energy going. The Leafs had a few SOG, but weren’t able to get anything else past Connor Hellebuyck, or capitalize on yet another powerplay. The period ended as Paul …

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Author: Roxanne Khasow / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Raptors: Exceptional coaching exodus presents a problem for Nick Nurse

Toronto Raptors: Exceptional coaching exodus presents a problem for Nick Nurse

It has been a tough season for Nick Nurse and the Toronto Raptors in 2021, just two seasons removed from winning an NBA title. It’s been more than seven years since losing was the normal practice surrounding this franchise. The organization has been a model for success in the NBA. Masai Ujiri and Bobby Webster […]
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Author: Jason Mills / Raptors HQ

It’s time for the Toronto Raptors to commit to going all-in or selling out

It’s time for the Toronto Raptors to commit to going all-in or selling out

This season has been tough to watch for Toronto Raptors fans. After a disastrous start to the season, this team finally seemed to find a bit of a rhythm. Stringing together some wins, but continuing to lose some games that Masai Ujiri-led Raptors teams of the past would have had no trouble closing out. Early February […]
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Author: Jack Long / Raptors HQ

Tony Snell beats Raptors at the buzzer in heartbreaking loss for Toronto

Tony Snell beats Raptors at the buzzer in heartbreaking loss for Toronto

The Toronto Raptors were on track to pull out a tough win against the Atlanta Hawks, as they were up by 13 points in the fourth quarter. Unfortunately, because this season has been unfathomably unlucky for Toronto, it was Tony Snell who rained on their parade. On a Hawks team that normally revolves around Trae […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Raptors: 3 adjustments needed to take down Portland

Raptors: 3 adjustments needed to take down Portland

The Toronto Raptors have a tough game against Portland next on the schedule. Nick Nurse and the Toronto Raptors gave us a spirited performance against the Golden State Warriors in San Francisco last night, but a solid performance from Pascal Siakam and Chris Boucher inside was naught but ash in the hands of Steph Curry, […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

The Phillies, who say they lost $2 billion in 2020, might be trying to trade Zack Wheeler

Times are tough in Philadelphia.

As we learned back in November, the Phillies had themselves a difficult year financially. Word came out that the team lost $2 billion in 2020 so they’re going to have to tighten things up.
Now, look, if you believe that the Phillies lost $2 billion last year, I would love to take you on a trip to the Sahara Desert to sell you some sand. But the point here is that the Phillies did lose money and they’re doing poorly enough they felt compelled to leak information that they’ve lost a cartoon sum of money to essentially validate the fact they aren’t going to be signing any free agents this off-season.
I’ve already discussed how this could result in the Blue Jays ending up with J.T. Realmuto as their big free-agent splash this winter. Beyond no re-signing Realmuto, though, the Phillies might also be looking to shed the salary of their big free-agent addition from last winter.
According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, the Phillies are open to trade talks around Zack Wheeler. This generally wouldn’t be much of a rumour to talk about given the fact teams say they’re …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation