Gameday: Hawks @ Raptors, Jan. 28

The Toronto Raptors briefly return home with an eye on extending their winning streak to eight games as they welcome Trae Young and the Atlanta Hawks into town. Toronto have won both encounters in Atlanta this season in close fashion, the most recent matchup occurring just a week ago. Despite these victories, the Raptors have…

Raptors climb to second seed on a somber Sunday

Sunday felt like an everlasting blur. The basketball world was rocked by the news that Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna, and seven others passed away in a fatal helicopter crash. The Toronto Raptors and the San Antonio Spurs were preparing for warm-ups as word trickled in to their respective locker rooms. Everyone involved, from the…

Powell pops, Raptors grind out fourth consecutive win on the road

For much of the regular season the Toronto Raptors have relied on the mantra of the whole being greater than the sum of its parts in order to finagle victories whilst undermanned. Nick Nurse and co. have summoned every bit of chicanery imaginable to squeeze out memorable victories against playoff contenders in Dallas and Los…

Quick Reaction: Wizards 111, Raptors 140

WAS Wizards 111 Final Box Score 140 TOR Raptors A- S. Ibaka26 MIN, 15 PTS, 8 REB, 1 AST, 0 STL, 6-9 FG, 1-2 3FG, 2-2 FT, 0 BLK, 1 TO, 11 +/- Just keeps on ticking, Ibaka posted another quietly impressive statline. Serge will never be a high-end passer, but he is so much…

McCaw in the Middle

Like many other 90’s babies, a staple of my childhood was¬†Malcolm in the Middle. Each Thursday I’d glue myself on my beanbag chair and watch¬†the cult-classic. Malcolm was always the straight-man, a conduit for the viewers amidst his dysfunctional family and chaotic world. So what the hell does a sitcom that has been off the…

Quick Reaction: Raptors 130, Thunder 121

TOR Raptors 130 Final Box Score 121 OKC Thunder A+ S. Ibaka29 MIN, 15 PTS, 6 REB, 1 AST, 1 STL, 7-11 FG, 0-0 3FG, 1-2 FT, 0 BLK, 4 TO, -3 +/- MaFuzzy revenge game! Amidst all the talk of returning faces, Ibaka came out (as he has over the past month) on absolute…

Quick Reaction: Spurs 105, Raptors 104

SA Spurs 105 Final Box Score 104 TOR Raptors B- P. Siakam30 MIN, 15 PTS, 5 REB, 4 AST, 0 STL, 6-17 FG, 2-6 3FG, 1-2 FT, 0 BLK, 1 TO, 6 +/- Any concerns that Siakam would look rusty in his surprise return were quickly dispelled. Siakam came out on fire with a foray…

Gameday: Trail Blazers @ Raptors, Dec. 7

If an outside observer took a quick glance at the starting lineups when the Toronto Raptors and Portland Trail Blazers face off on Tuesday night, it would be a shocking revelation when they then learned that these were two of the final four teams standing last season. Although Toronto’s immediate future presents far more room…

Raptors backcourt bounces back in Brooklyn

The regular season can become a slog during the winter months. The holiday season comes along with a slate of games in short succession that is testing for all teams, let alone one that is missing four rotation players. Many of these matchups become ugly, forgettable affairs. For a team like Toronto, whose core now…

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Gameday: Raptors @ Nets, Dec. 4

The last time the Toronto Raptors faced the Brooklyn Nets, Pascal Siakam and Norman Powell combined for 55 points to snap Toronto out of their first real slump of the season. On Saturday the Raptors will once again look to regain some form after a difficult holiday period punctuated by their historically poor shooting night…

Raptors shooting sputters during messy loss in Miami

Over the course of the regular season, Nick Nurse and the Toronto Raptors have been heralded for their unorthodox and experimental defensive tactics. Opponents have been befuddled by a plethora of zones, box-and-ones, triangle-and-twos, and full-court presses. When welcoming James Harden and the Houston Rockets into town on Dec. 5 they devised their most radical…