Leafs face off against Canucks in their first game since Covid variant outbreak

I’m not going to lie, I’m very surprised that this game is happening tonight. Whether they gave them an extra week or just straight up ended their season, it still feels too soon for the Canucks to be coming into action considering everything we’ve heard about what they were dealing with, and what JT Miller said about the team’s status a few days ago.
It’s one thing if the team was in that typical hockey team mindset, just pumped up and ready to go to play some more games. But, they’ve made it very clear they don’t want to, and even some players family members have gotten the variant because of it. When players on the team like Travis Hamonic opted out of the bubble last year because his child was more vulnerable, this becomes an issue beyond more than just the game.
Even from a Leafs perspective, this must be a really weird situation to be in. You’re up against a team playing their first game in 24 days, and is probably not in the right conditioning to play a full 60 minute game against the best team in the division. If you …

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Author: Scott Maxwell / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Raptors: Paul Watson and Yuta Watanabe dominating proves it’s impossible to tank

Toronto Raptors: Paul Watson and Yuta Watanabe dominating proves it’s impossible to tank

The Toronto Raptors are not very skilled in the way of tanking due to their success over the last few years, but they’ve learned that it’s hard to lose games on purpose in the NBA. The time-tested method of tanking, playing inferior young players over veterans, didn’t even work, as Paul Watson and Yuta Watanabe […]
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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

Toronto Raptors: Play of Gary Trent Jr. is creating a financial issue

Toronto Raptors: Play of Gary Trent Jr. is creating a financial issue

Gary Trent Jr. is creating the very financial crunch that the Toronto Raptors management seemingly were trying to avoid by trading for him and Rodney Hood. Since he’s joined the Raptors, Trent has been good. Very good. He is shooting 39 percent on the three-ball and is averaging 17.9 points per game since joining Toronto. […]
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Author: Jason Mills / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors: Top 5 Centers in franchise history

Toronto Raptors: Top 5 Centers in franchise history

The center position hasn’t been very kind to the Toronto Raptors over the years, as countless promising big men at that position have fizzled out. They’ve tallied just one meek little all-star appearance in 2001. The rest of the Toronto All-Stars have played positions 1-4, making the all-star player appearances a 23-1 ratio for Raptors […]
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Author: Avishai Sol / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors: Pass or pursue on LaMarcus Alridge

Toronto Raptors: Pass or pursue on LaMarcus Alridge

The Raptors have a very definite need at the center position, as the second half of this 2021 season began against the Atlanta Hawks when the Raptors fell 121-120. Names like Andre Drummond, JaVale McGee, and San Antonio Spurs veteran LaMarcus Aldridge have surfaced as potential Aron Baynes replacements. Baynes, signed in November, is averaging […]
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Author: Jason Mills / Raptors HQ

Raptors: Kyle Lowry tries to shut down trade rumors on Instagram

Raptors: Kyle Lowry tries to shut down trade rumors on Instagram

The Toronto Raptors are in a very unique position at this trade deadline, as they could potentially look to improve their roster by trading players and picks to acquire a star while also potentially selling legendary point guard Kyle Lowry. Lowry, who is averaging 18.0 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 7.0 assists per game this season, […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors: Poor week leads to drop in latest NBA power rankings

Toronto Raptors: Poor week leads to drop in latest NBA power rankings

The Toronto Raptors have had a very challenging season given their poor start and geographical location due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the last week has been as hard to get through as any, as evidenced by their dip in the NBA power rankings. The league’s health and safety protocols forced head coach Nick Nurse, […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Raptors: Will Norman Powell pick up his player option?

Raptors: Will Norman Powell pick up his player option?

Masai Ujiri and the Toronto Raptors have a very peculiar trade deadline ahead of them. With players like Kyle Lowry and Norman Powell potentially coming off of the books next year, the temptation to trade away those pieces and start a rebuild is equally as realistic a possibility as trading away picks and looking to […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Raptor of the Week: Nick Nurse, master tinkerer and innovator

Raptor of the Week: Nick Nurse, master tinkerer and innovator

In what has been a very challenging week for the Toronto Raptors, head coach Nick Nurse needs to be given his roses for what was an exemplary job of coaching. Maybe because he’s been making stellar adjustments or maybe because he got ejected, willing the team into action vs. the Grizzlies, but the Raptors have put […]
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Author: Avishai Sol / Raptors HQ