Raptors: Precious Achiuwa’s improved stats off the bench are startling

Raptors: Precious Achiuwa’s improved stats off the bench are startling

The Toronto Raptors needed to make some lineup alterations when Pascal Siakam came back into the lineup, and putting Precious Achiuwa on the bench seemed like the most logical move. Not only was Siakam likely to bump a frontcourt player down to the bench, but Achiuwa had been playing some very inconsistent basketball lately. Achiuwa […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors: Second half flurry leads to huge win over injured Nets

Toronto Raptors: Second half flurry leads to huge win over injured Nets

With a healthy starting lineup for the first time since March 30, the Toronto Raptors were able to come away with a 114-103 victory against the Brooklyn Nets, extending their winning streak to four games while taking control of the No. 10 seed in the Eastern Conference. Although the win comes against a depleted Brooklyn […]
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Author: Nickeem Khan / Raptors HQ

Worst Leafs Trades Since 1967 Countdown – No. 4: Russ Courtnall for John Kordic

Adding truculence to the lineup was a thing that enamoured executives of the Toronto Maple Leafs long before Brian Burke infamously popularized the term in Toronto. The worst example of swapping skill for muscle in franchise history came back in the late-1980s.

As the Leafs slipped into the Harold Ballard-led purgatory days in the early 80s, they were frequently landing picks towards the top of the NHL entry draft each summer. One of those picks was used on a speedy winger from British Columbia named Russ Courtnall, who the Leafs grabbed with the seventh-overall pick in 1983.
After using three-consecutive top picks on defencemen (Gary Nyland in 1983, Jim Benning in 1982, and Craig Muni in 1981), the Leafs needed an influx of high-end talent up front, so they went with Courtnall. He was coming off of a season in which he posted 97 points in 60 games for the Victoria Cougars of the WHL and appeared to be close to NHL ready.
The following season, Courtnall posted 66 points in 32 games for the Cougars, 13 points in seven games for Canada at the World Juniors, and 12 points in 14 games for the Leafs. Courtnall quickly established himself as a quality offensive talent, breaking the 20-goal …

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Author: Cam Lewis / The Leafs Nation

What does Kyrie Irving’s return mean for the Toronto Raptors?

Kyrie Irving returned to the Brooklyn Nets lineup this weekend after a long absence. What does his return mean for the Toronto Raptors? The Toronto Raptors aren’t the only team that has suffered from injuries to their star players, even if the number of injuries seems excessively high compared to most teams. Even with the […]
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Author: Thomas Valentine / Raptors HQ

Series Preview: It’s Clobbering Time!

The Blue Jays lineup has been mashing the baseball as of late. Over the last week, the Blue Jays have scored the 2nd-most runs within the entire AL. While their surging offense hasn’t directly resulted in a massive winning streak, it has made the Blue Jays competitive over the last few weeks.
This team hasn’t lost by more than two runs since June 19. Since that date, the Blue Jays own a record of just 6-5. But, they have also recorded the 2nd-highest run differential in the AL since that time as well. The Red Sox are coming into this series after getting beaten down by the Bronx Bombers. After being embarrassed by the Yankees in another country, the Blue Jays will try to do the same thing to these Red Sox during this three-game series.
Monday at 7:07 ET
Trent Thornton is coming off of his worst-start since May 8 against the Twins. The rookie was pounded in his three and 1/3 innings pitched last time out against the Yankees. Thornton gave up seven hits, five runs and two home runs before being chased from the game. Locating in and out of the strike zone was the problem yet again for …

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Author: Thomas Hall / Blue Jays Nation

What can we expect from Cavan Biggio?

Tonight’s Blue Jays lineup will somewhat resemble that of an All-Star team from the early 2000s. I mean, that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but it’ll be funny to see a Guerrero and Biggio take the field for the Blue Jays tonight.

Cavan Biggio, of course, is the second Hall of Fame son to join the Blue Jays this season. First, it was Vlad Jr., baseball’s best prospect and next big thing. Now it’s Biggio, the son of Houston Astros legend Craig Biggio. There obviously isn’t as much hype around baseball about Biggio Jr.’s debut as there was for Vlad, but still, within hardcore Toronto baseball circles, there’s a lot of interest.
Biggio was selected in the fifth round of the 2016 draft out of Notre Dame as a four-year college senior. He put up some whatever results in his first two professional seasons but then burst onto the scene as a key prospect in the Blue Jays’ system after a breakout year in New Hampshire.
Biggio made a slight adjustment to his swing, as he explained in an interview with Shi Davidi last season…
“I knew that I needed to get a …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation