Halfway into the regular season, the contenders have emerged amidst the surprising parity the league has seen so far. The top four teams in the Eastern Conference are separated by 3.5 games. The Milwaukee Bucks are currently sitting at the top of the East with a half game lead over the Toronto Raptors. The Raptors … Read moreThe Recipe for NBA Championships: How Hungry are the Raptors?
38 games into the season the Raptors have few things to complain about. Planted among the NBA’s elite with wins vs. the league’s best, the Toronto basketball club should enter the second half of the season confident. However, we have seen this story before. The regular season means nothing to any Raptors fan who has … Read moreRaptors 2019 New Years Resolutions
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 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
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
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
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
It’s Friday, and I’ve got some thoughts. Without further ado: 1. Kawhi Leonard Who else? “The Klaw” has somehow been even better than advertised. If his name wasn’t already in early MVP conversation, Wednesday’s dissection of the Minnesota Timberwolves will make it a fixture. He was phenomenal. It was evident from the opening tip that … Read moreFive Thoughts for Friday
After what can be modestly described as an eventful offseason, Kyle Lowry seems to have found yet another level. Whether it’s been scoring, passing or defending, Lowry has provided it all. All of his 21.5 points/game, on a scorching .766 true shooting percentage, have come in the games’ biggest moments. There is no one in … Read moreWhat has gotten into Kyle Lowry?
When Kawhi Leonard entered the NBA, one had to wonder whether or not he had speaking capabilities. He never seemed to talk out of place, show any emotion, or, heaven forbid, argue with an official. This all seems to be changing, as during the first two games of the 2018-2019 NBA season we’re witnessing a different … Read moreA different Kawhi Leonard