Toronto Raptors: Kyle Lowry must learn from Mats Sundin and accept a trade

Toronto Raptors: Kyle Lowry must learn from Mats Sundin and accept a trade

The Toronto Raptors are facing a similar scenario that the Toronto Maple Leafs went through during the 2007-08 season. When you think of Kyle Lowry, you immediately think of the greatest Toronto Raptors player of all-time. Depending on your age, you may feel the same thing about Mats Sundin and the Toronto Maple Leafs. However, […]
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Author: Stephen Nixon / Raptors HQ

Three key takeaways from the Toronto Raptors win against the Hornets

Three key takeaways from the Toronto Raptors win against the Hornets

The Toronto Raptors kickstarted their season facing LaMelo Ball and the Charlotte Hornets. The Toronto Raptors had their first taste of NBA action for the 2020-2021 season, with a preseason win against the Charlotte Hornets. Despite not having Kyle Lowry available due to reasons undisclosed by the team; the Raptors looked like the second-best team […]
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Author: Nickeem Khan / Raptors HQ

Three reasons the Boston Celtics are the scariest matchup for the Toronto Raptors

  The Toronto Raptors will be facing one of the few teams that gave them a hard time during the season in the second round, the Boston Celtics. After the Toronto Raptors first-ever sweep in history against the Brooklyn Nets, they’ll now be looking to carry that momentum into the next round against the only team […]
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Author: Alexandro Fidanza / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors: Three things to look out for against the Los Angeles Lakers

The Toronto Raptors will be facing the Los Angeles Lakers tonight, and here are three things to look out for. A season of whatever you binged watched for 3 months has come to an end. You feel lifeless, clueless on what to watch next, and have no idea if another season is coming out. Well, […]
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Author: Alexandro Fidanza / Raptors HQ

It looks like the Blue Jays will be allowed to play their home games at Rogers Centre

The biggest question facing the Blue Jays at Summer Camp has been answered. The team will be allowed to play their home games at Rogers Centre in Toronto.

BREAKING: @MacLeodLisa tells @TSN1200:
The Blue Jays have been given government clearance to play home games at Rogers Centre this summer.
But she cautions, “If the rules are not followed, we will rescind the plan.”
— Ian Mendes (@ian_mendes) July 16, 2020

There was quite a bit of controversy last week surrounding the Blue Jays and where they would shack up when Travis Shaw tweeted frustration with the intense quarantine regulations and stiff penalties associated with playing in Toronto.
But, ultimately, Shaw came out a few days later and apologized for his comments, making it very clear that the team was better off in Toronto than they would be in Dunedin, which appeared to be the most realistic fall-back net.
Of course, it’s also important to mention that we still haven’t heard from Canada’s federal government about clearance for the Blue Jays to play at home and about clearance for their American opponents to enter the country. Lisa MacLeod, who was the source of this …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Leafs Postgame: Chicago Blackhawks at Toronto Maple Leafs

Tonight the Leafs were facing the aged Chicago Blackhawks, who while still spearheaded by Jonathan Toews, Duncan Keith, and Patrick Kane, have reshaped their team through a re-build/re-tooling effort.
Below are some thoughts on how the game went.
I’ll warn you – there’s no clips of the Leafs goals below because there wasn’t anything worth showing for Toronto. The story tonight is just how they ended up allowing 6 goals and looking like a mess.
Bad Breaks
Toronto suffered a slow and unlucky start to the game. They allowed a goal against just 21 seconds into the first period on a fast zone entry from Chicago:

Caggiula on FI-YAH since he’s been back
Stream more goals HERE: https://t.co/D6ZCUywfxZ pic.twitter.com/zFpHlgdvyi
— Blackhawks Talk (@NBCSBlackhawks) January 19, 2020

Starting the game off on the wrong foot plagued the team consistently during Mike Babcock, and it’s a shame to see it return tonight. A bad early goal, somewhat unlucky, set a bad tone for the rest of the game.
Poor goaltending
This was not Frederik Andersen’s night.
Things got much worse after the Caggiula goal, first with Toews beating …

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Author: Ryan Hobart / The Leafs Nation

Blue Jays escape with one after merciless beatings from San Diego

Facing off against Canadians Cal Quantrill and Josh Naylor, the Blue Jays, floundering after a disappointing stretch against the Boston Red Sox, hoped to turn their luck around against the San Diego Padres (28-25) this weekend at Rogers Centre.
While the outcome of the series wasn’t necessarily what Charlie Montoyo and the Blue Jays wanted, there was still progress made, and there were many positives to take away from a rather wild series against the NL West-dwelling Padres.
Here’s a look at the good, the bad, and the weird from May’s second of three series’ against NL West teams:
The Good
Cavan Biggio (3-for-10, HR, 2 RBI, R overall) was spectacular in the finale, while Lourdes Gurriel Jr. (6-for-10, 3 HR, 4 RBI, 2 B, 5 R), returning from Triple-A, had an outstanding series that took the Blue Jays and their fans by storm. In addition, Justin Smoak (3-for-11, 3 HR, BB, 7 RBI, 3 R) was tremendous, playing some sound first base to match.
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (3-for-12, 2 R, BB, 2B) was quietly productive, while Eric Sogard (2-for-5, 2B, R) turned in a solid game after returning from a minor thumb injury.
On the mound, Marcus Stroman (5.0 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, BB, 2 SO) effortlessly sliced …

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Author: Hayden Godfrey / Blue Jays Nation

Listen to That’s A Rap #19: Post-Game 1 vs. Sixers Reaction

The Raptors remain undefeated when facing the Sixers in Game 1 of a playoff series. The Raptors keep on rolling with their largest Game 1 victory in franchise history! Alright, so there have only been two other Game 1 wins (3-point win over the Sixers in ‘01, and an 8-point win over the Wizards last year), but a win’s a win, and Raptor fans will take it knowing we’ve got the best player in the series.
In the latest episode, Kawhi Leonard had us all tripping over our own words.

On The Latest Episode:
Is it crazy to think this may not be the “Kawhi Game” that will define these playoffs? Kawhi scored a career-high 45 points and got whatever he wanted offensively. He also compiled the first 40-point, 10-rebound game in franchise history. All very fine numbers. However, the way in which Kawhi relentlessly attacked the Sixers’ defense has every Raptor fan salivating over what else he can do.
While Toronto had the two best players on the floor (again) in Kawhi and Pascal Siakam, it’s easy to forget about Marc Gasol and his continued dominance on the defensive end – both in the playoffs and against Joel Embiid. Adding to …

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Author: JayRosales / Raptors HQ