Raptors: Julius Randle’s playoff stats are worse than Pascal Siakam’s bubble numbers

Raptors: Julius Randle’s playoff stats are worse than Pascal Siakam’s bubble numbers

If you didn’t watch the Toronto Raptors closely, you’d think that Pascal Siakam is the worst power forward who ever played given how his poor play in the bubble was discussed. Likewise, Julius Randle was almost hailed as the second coming for finally getting the New York Knicks back into the postseason. While Siakam is […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors: OG Anunoby deserves to be on the All-Defensive team

Toronto Raptors: OG Anunoby deserves to be on the All-Defensive team

As Kyle Lowry, OG Anunoby, and the Toronto Raptors watch their cursed season begin to wind down, the awards talk and All-NBA team predictions we always love debating will start to change from fantasy to analysis. MVP candidates get crossed off the list, Rookies of the Year battle it out over their last few games, […]
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Author: Avishai Sol / 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

Raptors signing Henry Ellenson to 10-day contract after G League season

Raptors signing Henry Ellenson to 10-day contract after G League season

The Toronto Raptors were able to sit back and watch Raptors 905 construct the G League’s most explosive offense, even if it fell short of a championship. One of the main reasons they were able to be so lethal on that end is the performance of Henry Ellenson. A former 5-star recruit from Marquette, Ellenson […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Raptors: Is there any hope left for Aron Baynes in Toronto?

Raptors: Is there any hope left for Aron Baynes in Toronto?

When the Toronto Raptors had to watch Marc Gasol become a Laker and Serge Ibaka put on Clippers colors, signing Australian big man Aron Baynes seemed like a perfect signing. Fresh of averaging 11.5 points per game, almost twice his previous career-high, with the Phoenix Suns, Baynes looked like a perfect center for a team […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

An Open Letter to the NHL

As a minority, I’m embarrassed to say that I watch the NHL so closely. I’m incredibly disappointed that the NHL isn’t taking proper action to condemn police brutality. Not once has the NHL said “Black Lives Matter.” It has only been said by Matt Dumba; we’ve seen Ryan Reaves kneel; and the fact that white players and executives aren’t explicitly saying “Black Lives Matter” or that so few players are kneeling (Tyler Seguin, Jason Dickinson, Robin Lehner) is incredibly frustrating. 
The #WeSkateFor hashtag is even more annoying. It’s been used to “condemn racism” with the following text as 

“black lives”
“justice, equality and black lives”
“community heroes”
“equality”

but it’s also been used to celebrate, with the following text as: 

“StormSurges” from the Carolina Hurricanes
“TheTowel” for the Vancouver Canucks
“the #ALLCAPS family,” from the Washington Capitals
“Vegas” for the Golden Knights and its city
“Pittsburgh”

It’s been used to remember Colby Cave too, but there should …

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Author: Matthew Henriques / The Leafs Nation

The Art of the Swap

Who knows when we will be able to watch hockey again.
Until that time comes, hockey fans and sports fans in general have the team-building aspects of their leagues to get excited about. The NHL extended its transfer agreements recently, and the biggest news in weeks is the signing of a 6’6″ Czech.
Mercifully, drafts are interrupting the slow trickle of sports news. Whether you liked it or not, the NFL draft provided the entertainment that fans have been craving. For those who needed their hockey fix, the NWHL draft welcomed 30 incredible young hockey players. There was no shortage of news there either, as the first overall pick changed hands in a draft day pick swap.
The Toronto NWHL team traded the first overall, and second last pick in the 5 round draft for Boston’s 1st in 2020 (6th overall), and their 1st and 2nd in 2021. Looking back to a certain NHL trade between Boston and Toronto, hopefully Toronto is on the correct side of a top pick/Phil traded for two 1sts and a 2nd.
Swapping Picks
Trading up in the draft is no foreign concept to NHL teams, as they often trade multiple draft picks for …

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Author: Earl Schwartz / The Leafs Nation

Top five Toronto Raptors games to watch while quarantined

You may not be able to watch the Toronto Raptors play any live games any time soon but, there’s a bunch of old matchups that can keep you entertained. Twenty-Twenty has been uhh… weird. The Toronto Raptors are NBA champions, people are dating in “pods” and, the whole world has kind of shut down due […]
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Author: Hunter Surphlis / Raptors HQ

Friedman has suggested the Leafs are kicking tires on Brenden Dillon, so we’re gonna look under the hood

You probably didn’t watch Saturday Night headlines this week because why would you willing watch a Senators and Habs game, just to get one possible little nugget of a potential trade rumour on the second intermission?
Simply you wouldn’t and you shouldn’t. Instead Sportsnet thankfully puts the clips on their website and at our leisure we discovered that Elliotte Friedman believes that the Sharks are making their unrestricted free agents like Melker Karlsson and Brenden Dillon available, and the Leafs have kicked tires on Dillon.
On Friday I put Dillon on a list of rental players I could more or less wrap my head around the Leafs going after. (Click the link for the full list, but here’s what I had to say about Dillon)
 Dillon’s salary is a drawback at $3.27M this year, but if San Jose retains or will take on Cody Ceci as part of the deal it doesn’t seem impossible.
Dillon would be a chance for the Leafs to add some physicality to their lineup and most importantly to their blueline. While I know eyes are rolling at the thought of this, …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Maple Leafs Pre-game #23: 5 things to watch out for as the Leafs hit The Strip

The Leafs: not fun to watch right now!
On a five game skid, they take on the Vegas Golden Knights way past my bedtime. Let’s see if any of us make it through tonight’s game.
Leafs lineup

LW
C
RW
Forwards
ANDREAS JOHNSSON
Rating: 73.4#48 LW

AUSTON MATTHEWS
Rating: 82.0#5 C

WILLIAM NYLANDER
Rating: 75.3#23 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 76.88#12 FL1

ZACH HYMAN
Rating: 73.1#63 LW

JOHN TAVARES
Rating: 79.7#11 C

KASPERI KAPANEN
Rating: 73.5#50 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 75.45#9 FL2

ILYA MIKHEYEV
Rating: 73.9#41 LW

JASON SPEZZA
Rating: 70.5#150 C

NIC PETAN
Rating: 71.8#82 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 72.06#17 FL3

PIERRE ENGVALL
NICK SHORE
Rating: 71.0#138 C

FREDERIK GAUTHIER
Rating: 69.3#120 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 70.12#26 FL4

DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS
Defense
MORGAN RIELLY
Rating: 76.7#7 LD

JUSTIN HOLL
Rating: 73.7#37 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 75.20#13 DL1

JAKE MUZZIN
Rating: 75.3#20 LD

CODY CECI
Rating: 72.1#74 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 73.70#17 DL2

TRAVIS DERMOTT
Rating: 73.4#55 LD

TYSON BARRIE
Rating: 75.7#18 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 74.55#2 DL3

Vegas lineup
LW
C
RW
Forwards
MAX PACIORETTY
Rating: 78.0#12 LW

WILLIAM KARLSSON
Rating: 75.5#37 C

REILLY SMITH
Rating: 75.9#18 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 76.48#14 FL1

JONATHAN MARCHESSAULT
Rating: 75.3#28 LW

CODY EAKIN
Rating: 71.6#124 C

MARK STONE
Rating: 76.8#11 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 74.55#12 FL2

ALEX TUCH
Rating: 74.2#37 LW

PAUL STASTNY
Rating: 75.2#41 C

CODY GLASS
Rating: 72.8#88 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 74.08#2 FL3

WILL CARRIER


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Author: Adam Laskaris / The Leafs Nation