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Raptors Quarter-ish Season Report Card

At 21-7 the Raptors have the best record in the league. Their combination of shooting, versatility and starpower has propelled them to the top of the NBA, and have them looking as the best chance to dethrone Golden State. The team has gotten significant contributions from a number of players, some more surprising than others. … Read moreRaptors Quarter-ish Season Report Card

The eccentric evolution of Kyle Lowry

As an observer of any professional sport, it’s always really easy to say “If [Player X] could just make [Fundamental change to their game Y], then they’d be so much better”. The reality is that for most athletes, that fundamental change is almost impossible to achieve. For Kyle Lowry, though, these changes appear routine. NBA … Read moreThe eccentric evolution of Kyle Lowry

Raptors Revive Old Standard for Building a Championship-Caliber Squad

The Super-Team Uprising Since 2007, when the Boston Celtics acquired perennial all-stars Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen, the super-team era has reigned supreme in the NBA. Sure, the Celtics only pulled off the single title, but they were a steady force in the league until the next dynamic trio formed in South Beach in 2010. … Read moreRaptors Revive Old Standard for Building a Championship-Caliber Squad

Should the Raptors pull the trigger on Bradley Beal?

Another day, another disgruntled NBA all-star potentially on the move. On Monday, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski released a ground-shaking report about the Washington Wizards and their all-star backcourt. The message is this: John Wall and Bradley Beal are officially on the trade market. This shouldn’t be a surprise to anybody. The Wizards are absolutely falling apart … Read moreShould the Raptors pull the trigger on Bradley Beal?

Role players are the key to unlocking the Raptors’ potential

If there’s anything to be taken away from the Toronto Raptors’ recent three-game losing skid, it’s that this team needs some more time to grow into its newfound identity. And that’s okay. The Raptors and their fans should know by now that this regular season nonsense is all just practice – the real test comes … Read moreRole players are the key to unlocking the Raptors’ potential

Raptors blow Dwane Casey’s return to Toronto in wild finish

Dwane Casey led the Raptors to the greatest era in their franchise history, but he’s never looked happier in Toronto than tonight, where he was coaching the other team. Despite a lead of as much as 19 points, the entire Raptors roster signed GoDaddy contracts midway through the third, blowing the lead and losing at … Read moreRaptors blow Dwane Casey’s return to Toronto in wild finish

What’s not to like so far?

Critiques typically spread between two slices of praise to create a ‘compliment sandwich’ for overly sensitive individuals. It seems like an okay tactic, so let’s try it with the Raptors. Rather, let’s keep these sammies open-faced for now so we’re not overloading on compliment-carbs. Freddie isn’t so steady Fred has been injured, which isn’t ideal … Read moreWhat’s not to like so far?

“Scheduled loss” turns into win as Raptors beat Jazz 124-111

Back-t0-back. No Kawhi. On the road once again. Against an above-average team. Tonight’s game had every ingredient for a loss, but the 2018-19 Raptors don’t seem to like losing. It’s no miracle, but the Raptors were awesome tonight in a game that made them the NBA’s only 10-win team (until tonight’s Warriors game ends). While … Read more“Scheduled loss” turns into win as Raptors beat Jazz 124-111

The Raptors are the second best team in the league

Sure, we’re nine games in and we’re all wearing rose-colored glasses a la Mitch Hedberg right now, but these Raptors sure seem legit. A lot of skeptics point out that the Celtics are still finding their footing in the midst of returning personnel. But, so what? So are the Raptors, in essence. Now, it is … Read moreThe Raptors are the second best team in the league

An Itty Bitty Conspiracy

Look, I’m not a superstitious man. I don’t fret when a black cat crosses my path. Nor do I care when I knock over a salt shaker. Friday the 13th? Never a worry in my mind. I think of the universe as a random, chaotic space, and I mainly try to draw meaning from what … Read moreAn Itty Bitty Conspiracy