Toronto Raptors predictions: Best-case scenario core player comparisons

Toronto Raptors predictions: Best-case scenario core player comparisons

Part of the fun of having a young team again is that fans are able to daydream about what each of our players might one day become. If they aren’t finished products, then in the starry eyes of the optimistic fan, the sky is still the limit. Because of this, the Toronto Raptors predictions for […]
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Author: Avishai Sol / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors: Playing Daryl Morey’s style of basketball hasn’t been working

Toronto Raptors: Playing Daryl Morey’s style of basketball hasn’t been working

The Toronto Raptors have been an offense-driven team in the last few years, as Nick Nurse’s philosophy hinges on efficient shooting from beyond the 3-point line and tons of movement without the ball. The style of basketball pioneered by Daryl Morey and the Houston Rockets, which emphasizes 3-pointers and easy shots at the rim, has […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Auston Matthews hat-trick, Jack Campbell makes NHL history

We are so lucky to have a Leafs team like this right now. Auston Matthews scored three goals last night and now has 31 on the season. It looks like he’s ran off with the Rocket Richard race and will likely win it.
Jack Campbell makes NHL history as the first goalie to win 11-straight games to start an NHL season, passing Carey Price at 10 games won.
We are witnessing one of the best Leafs teams in a very long time and we should be thankful. I sure am.
And if Kyle Dubas goes out today, or tomorrow, and gets Taylor Hall — the team will be even better. If it’s another player, it’ll still be a good trade for Toronto, but for me, I want Hall.
I hope you enjoy today’s video. I think it’s one of my best, ever.

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Raptors: Why trading Norman Powell was the right move

Toronto Raptors: Why trading Norman Powell was the right move

After spending six seasons with one team in his career, Norman Powell saw his time with the Toronto Raptors is over, as the team traded Powell to the Portland Trail Blazers for Gary Trent Jr. and Rodney Hood during the NBA trade deadline. Powell has some memorable moments during his time in Toronto, like the […]
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Author: Pirasanth Gunasekaram / Raptors HQ

Fast, furious, and fun: The Toronto Six debut season, and what it meant to fans

The Toronto Six inaugural season has ended, and though the team did not lift the Isobel Cup this year, by many measures the season was a resounding success. The team came into the league during a pandemic, in a strange time when the entirety of the season’s games were meant to be played in a short, 10 day bubble in Lake Placid. The Six had very little time together as an entire team to prepare, and yet what they accomplished was nothing short of impressive.
Before the season began, we ran a season preview with Head Coach and President Digit Murphy. In that post, Digit described the team’s identity and style as: “We play fast, we play furious, and we have a lot of fun.” It’s almost eery now, looking back, that those words also describe the team’s first season. Though they got off to a rocky start, dropping their first two games in Lake Placid, the Toronto Six quickly showed the other teams, and fans, that their identity was accurate.
Once they got their stride going, the Six dominated the pace of play in most of their match ups. It’s clear they have a highly …

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Author: Mer / The Leafs Nation

Marlies and Me: Jeremy McKenna keeps the streak alive while helping end the Marlies’ drought

Not much happened this past week. The team had a couple practices here and there and one game right in the middle of the week. Then then ended with some more practice. With the results of last week and the last series that these guys played against the Belleville Senators, this time to truly regroup was needed. This week in the land of the Marlies we had some wins that can’t go without being acknowledged. Literal wins as well as things that happened in game and in practice. So let’s get to it!
 
The first practice of the week really set up the team for the success they needed to achieve. According to Coach Greg Moore when asked about how he hoped to set up his practice he responded, “We just focused on doing drills where guys were in tight spaces, playing inside of contact offensively and defensively, getting stronger along the walls.” These were the exact things that were lacking from games prior, so to hear that these specific drills are being done is more than a good thing. After a large bout of negativity things like this can be hard. Coach Moore Acknowledges this as he …

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Author: Marsha Joseph / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Raptors: The five worst stretches of futility in team history

Toronto Raptors: The five worst stretches of futility in team history

The Toronto Raptors are officially a bad team. Monday night, they couldn’t even stop the Houston Rockets, who used Toronto to break a 20-game losing streak in a 117-99 drubbing of the Raptors. Since the All-Star break, the Raptors are 0-9. It would be delusional to believe the Raptors could somehow salvage this season with […]
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Author: Jason Mills / Raptors HQ

Is Timothy Liljegren ready for the NHL?

The Maple Leafs are a team with a massive prospect pool, and you could say it’s a pretty good one too. But as the trade deadline approaches, there may be a few young players who are sent out before really getting a chance in the Leafs lineup.
For now, Timothy Liljegren stays on the Toronto’s taxi squad, where he gets some time to practice, but that’s it. He’s had a strong start to his season with the Toronto Marlies, yet he’s not playing with them at the moment, which is interesting. Either way, Liljegren has made it known throughout the organization with his play that he wants some change.
After a long off-season, the 21-year-old has improved both his defensive game and his offensive game. “There’s a lot of exciting attributes about him,” said Marlies head coach, Greg Moore. Watching his 10 games in the AHL, it has seemed like his confidence has shot through the roof and is ready for a spot higher up within the organization.
Do you think Timothy Liljegren is ready for the NHL?

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Raptors: 3 changes the Raptors need to make 2021

Toronto Raptors: 3 changes the Raptors need to make 2021

It could be argued the Toronto Raptors are the best team in the East over the last decade, as they have secured 448 wins in the last 10 seasons, including their 17 this year. It’s a regular-season record amassed on the strength of continuity in philosophy about playing the game and acquiring, securing, and developing […]
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Author: Jason Mills / Raptors HQ

The Raptors need to keep Kyle Lowry around and ignore the trade rumors

The Raptors need to keep Kyle Lowry around and ignore the trade rumors

Kyle Lowry and the Toronto Raptors are a .500 team once again. Masai Ujiri and Nick Nurse’s team is finally looking like the winning team that they should’ve been, unlike the 2-8 team who looked dead on arrival. Since the 2-8 start, Toronto has rocketed firmly into the playoff picture. They are winning again despite […]
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Author: Pirasanth Gunasekaram / Raptors HQ