Raptors Cage

Posts By Justin Ezekiel

The Dilemma

Ups and Downs When the Raptors look good, they look really good. But, they haven’t been really good as consistent as fans would like. Sure,

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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

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Something special is brewing. The shortened pre-season is finally over. There were a few moments, but if we have learned anything from the NBA season

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Early Takeaways From Camp

Kawhi’s laugh. Intended or not, we all took that away. It was reminiscent of that time your senile grandfather stifled a giggle upon noticing your

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The Best-Case Scenario

With the worst plausible outcome out of the way, it is enjoyable to look to a more hopeful one. This is an idyllic result with

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The Worst-Case Scenario

We all know it is possible. Those who furrowed their brow at Massai’s decision to rid the North of Demar are waiting to toss out a “Told you so” or two, accompanied with a punch-me-in-face smirk come the end of the season. Nobody really wants that of course, other than a few Canadian basketball nihilists. As true Raptors fans, we want to see them kill it this year, re-sign Kawhi, and lose in the Finals every year until Golden State all get the mumps in a timely and suspicion fashion. That’s the best case Ontario. What’s the worst look like? Well, since it is the offseason, here goes nothing.
It all starts with Drake. Drake releases a Kanye diss track, which is the most poorly received piece of work by the Raptors ambassador since his work on Degrassi. Even Pulitzer Prize winner Kendrick Lamar rips him and his entire image is ruined. In an odd twist, Kiefer Sutherland is handed Drake’s season tickets. He rarely attends games, with Rob Ford ultimately filling in about sixty percent of the time.
The off court antics trickle into the locker room. While the team starts the year with four wins in its first five games, it’s reminiscent of when Bobby Rayburn closes his eyes and still hits a homerun during his first at bat for the Giants. While Robert De Niro doesn’t come along and kidnap Kawhi, he might as well in this storyline. Kawhi goes full on Beast Mode. But not the good kind, the media-hating iteration. He goes through the motions on the court and the only top ten moments he offers are shown alongside Mike Gundy’s “I’m a man, I’m 40!” rant.
Danny Green’s passion for the club and the city only serves as an annoying spark between he and Kawhi. Uncle Dennis works as Kawhi’s proxy in fighting this battle, which boils over during a trip to Boston, as Dennis finds himself fed up with the overbearing cross-border security. “Man, I ain’t taking my shoes off for nobody,” he declares as Danny picks up for the security agent. A pushing match ensues. On the court, Danny starts to show his age, and he is inevitably pushed down the rotation. In spite, of this he continues to babble on about how much he loves Canada. It evolves into a series of memes, until he is traded at the deadline for a second round pick in 2023.
While Kyle is still doing Kyle things, it’s clear he misses his buddy. He tries his best to transpose his love onto FVV, but the chemistry just isn’t there as FVV turns out to be a lot less reliable in the fourth quarter during the 2018-19 season. FVV’s clothing line takes a major blow as a result of his step backwards on the court, although he manages to sift out a niche market with a men’s briefs line.
Serge Ibaka attempts to push meditation practices onto his teammates, but only Jonas really buys in. Both players start to shy away from contact more and more, while tossing up three after three; they tend not to go in. Both players do more awkward things than non-awkward things as the season unfolds.
Pascal rolls his ankle early in the season and questions whether or not he can defend from side to side. He has a nervous breakdown, but overcomes it when Nick Nurse offers him his very own fully reinforced ankle brace that he himself used to wear during men’s league nights back in the mid-nineties.
In spite of this, OG Anunoby has a solid year. It doesn’t matter much however, as he can’t right ship himself. He seemingly hates everyone and everything.
Nick Nurse is fired shortly after the all-star break when it is revealed that he has been attempting to teach defensive tactics via NBA 2K19. In spite of how realistic the gameplay is, the players make fun of Nurse behind his back and he loses the locker room entirely.
Sam Mitchell takes over reigns and the players are overwhelmingly annoyed by his insistence to let Jack Armstrong attend practice sessions.
In spite of all this turmoil, the Raptors manage to finish fifth in the inferior Eastern Conference. They face Indiana in the first round. They are ousted in a measly five games and Kawhi takes the first flight to LA post-game. Uncle Dennis starts a small fire at the ACC and is arrested for arson. Kawhi refuses to come visit him in prison until he transferred to the States.
All in all, things could get pretty bad, but I’m optimistic!

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