The Toronto Raptors’ brand new team identity: The “Run-N-Fun”

The Toronto Raptors’ brand new team identity: The “Run-N-Fun”

When looking at the teams of old that were so iconic, so unique, that they warranted a nickname of their own, you may think that they need to be one of the most devastating teams in basketball history. Phi Slama Jama, The Bad Boy Pistons, The Showtime Lakers, etc. By that metric, Scottie Barnes and 2021-22 Toronto […]
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Author: Avishai Sol / Raptors HQ

Raptors: 3 positive takeaways from dominant win against Rockets

Raptors: 3 positive takeaways from dominant win against Rockets

OG Anunoby and the Toronto Raptors were able to break their losing streak in just about the most emphatic way possible, as they followed up two subpar performances against divisional opponents in Philadelphia and Boston with a wire-to-wire victory against the Houston Rockets. The Rockets might be a young team that is rebuilding this year, […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors: Goran Dragic shouldn’t start after poor preseason

Toronto Raptors: Goran Dragic shouldn’t start after poor preseason

While the Toronto Raptors were able to land a potential impact center for years to come in Precious Achiuwa as a part of the Kyle Lowry deal, they also brought back another aging guard thanks to the addition of Goran Dragic. The Slovenian vet averaged 13.4 points per game last year with Miami. While the […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Ilya Mikheyev will be out at least eight weeks with a broken hand

While the Leafs were able to end their preseason on a win, they also saw one of their key forwards go down with a hand injury. It looked bad at first glance and now we know how long the Leafs will be without Ilya Mikheyev.

Sheldon Keefe said Ilya Mikheyev will have surgery on a broken thumb and will miss a minimum of eight weeks
— Kristen Shilton (@kristen_shilton) October 11, 2021

Late in the first period of Saturday night’s game, Mikheyev was knocked to the ice by Senators defenceman Dillon Heatherington and appeared to have landed hard on his hand. He went to the bench in serious discomfort and was ruled out for the rest of the game at the beginning of the second period. As you can see from the clip below, he landed awkwardly on the ice and his hand hit the surface in an uncomfortable manner.
It’s a tough break for Mikheyev who has previously had injury problems with his hands in the past, with the most notable being a gruesome injury back in December 2019. He is coming off his sophomore campaign where he produced seven goals, 10 assists, and 17 points in 54 games while going scoreless in …

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Author: Michael Mazzei / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Raptors: Gary Trent Jr. is by no means an overpaid player

Toronto Raptors: Gary Trent Jr. is by no means an overpaid player

The Toronto Raptors were active at the trade deadline last season, and their most noteworthy move was trading impending free agent Norman Powell to the Portland Trail Blazers in a deal that brought former second-round pick Gary Trent Jr. to Canada. While it might have stung to see a fan favorite like Powell head elsewhere, […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

How the Leafs stack up in statistical prediction models for the 2021-22 season

We’re very nearly at the start of the 2021-22 NHL season, and as such, all of the very smart statistical minds in the public hockey sphere are releasing their season previews showing what their models project will happen this year. Other than the playoffs, this is one of my favourite times of the year, because it allows me to learn a bit more about statistical projections while getting my excitement level up for the upcoming season.
This year we’re going to be looking at 4 models:
FiveThirtyEight
Dom Luszczyszyn of The Athletic
Evolving-Hockey
Micah Blake McCurdy of HockeyViz
Each model is constructed differently, with different levels of “open-source” information on how it’s created. I’m not going to go too in depth on how each model works, but I’ll try to give a high level description, and link to the in depth explanations where I can.
I’ll also summarize the projections in a table at the bottom of the post for quick consumption, if that’s your thing.
FiveThirtyEight
Truthfully, in writing this article I’m only now discovering that FiveThirtyEight does NHL projections. I’ve used them extensively for political projections at election time, but …

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Author: Ryan Hobart / The Leafs Nation

Raptors: Doc Rivers’ comments on size show how tough TOR can be

Raptors: Doc Rivers’ comments on size show how tough TOR can be

The Toronto Raptors were able to start off their preseason with a bang, as their Monday night win against Doc Rivers and the Philadelphia 76ers in their return to Canada also served as the unveiling of their new-look style of basketball themes around size and length on the perimeter. While some individual performances stood out, […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

4 former Raptors set to return to Toronto for the first time in 2021-22

4 former Raptors set to return to Toronto for the first time in 2021-22

We’re just less than a month away until Toronto Raptors basketball and we all can’t wait until we see this team take the court once again, this time back in Toronto. The 2021-22 NBA schedule was released a while ago, but there are some games on the Raptors schedule that you should keep your eye […]
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Author: Joseph Zita / Raptors HQ

Raptors: Nate Bjorkgren has returned to Toronto as a consultant

Raptors: Nate Bjorkgren has returned to Toronto as a consultant

NBA teams were aggressive in poaching assistant coaches away from Toronto Raptors head coach Nick Nurse last year, as they figured that some of the pixie dust that helped boost Toronto in their championship run in 2019 could rub off on their respective teams. This is a big reason why Nate Bjorkgren was hired to […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

BJN Radio – Ep. 50: Welcome to Heartbreak

That wasn’t the storybook finish we were hoping for.

The Yankees rolled into Toronto for what was a playoff-like series at The Dome. Capacity was upped to 30,000 and the Blue Jays had a chance to catch the Yankees in the standings and ultimately put themselves in a position to earn a playoff spot. The table was set.
Unfortunately, it was the Yankees who showed up to play while the Blue Jays didn’t bring their best. The bats were silenced in the first game on Tuesday, Bo Bichette led the team to a win on Wednesday, and then, with a chance to pull within one game of New York on Thursday, Robbie Ray got lit up in the sixth inning and Toronto’s bats couldn’t solve the Yankees’ bullpen the rest of the way.
It was a heartbreaker, a gut-punch, and an energy-sucking loss.
We talked about a bunch of stuff on this episode of BJN Radio, including Bo’s amazing series, Nate Pearson having some good outings out of the ‘pen, and the decision by Charlie Montoyo to keep Ray in the game when it looked like the Yankees had him solved. We also looked ahead to …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation