Reopening of Raptors Practice Facility Signals Hope for Return

When the NBA suspended its season on March 11, it left fans pondering what a return to the sport would look like.  Answer: nobody knows.  But when the Toronto Raptors announced last Friday the reopening of their practice facility, the OVO Athletic Centre, starting May 11th for limited player access, it was the first sign that a restart ... Read more

Toronto Raptors

Analyzing the Toronto Raptors Mount Rushmore

On Wednesday, April 29th, SLAM Magazine published a Tweet, asking followers to choose who belongs to the Toronto Raptors Mount Rushmore.  A franchise that endured many years of mediocrity before winning the NBA Championship in 2019, only a few candidates are worthy of Rushmore status.  Narrowing down a list of eight Raptor players to four is ... Read more

Steph Curry

A Look Back: Warriors Force Game 6 in Thrilling Win over Raptors

The two-time defending NBA champions were not going away quietly. Down six points late in the fourth quarter, the Golden State Warriors demonstrated their veteran, championship experience.  Klay Thompson hit a three-pointer off of a Draymond Green screen to bring the game within three points.  Steph Curry tied the game with a triple. Thompson gave ... Read more

Kyle Lowry

A Look Back: Balanced Offense Propels Raptors to Game 3 Finals Win

Leading up to Game 3 of the NBA Finals, Raptors head coach Nick Nurse was content in getting one of two road victories. Kawhi Leonard was eager for more.  “F**k that,” Leonard said. “Let’s get both.”  The exchange between player and coach exemplified the Raptors championship mindset heading into their Game 3 matchup against the ... Read more

Pascal Siakam

A Look Back: Pascal Siakam’s Game 1 NBA Finals Breakthrough

As the Toronto Raptors began their first-ever NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors, questions of player readiness rose to the surface.    There was no doubt Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green was ready, given their prior experience in the 2014 NBA Finals with the San Antonio Spurs.    Kyle Lowry, the longest-serving Raptor in ... Read more

Fred VanVleet

A Look Back—Fred VanVleet and his Game 5 Breakthrough

It was a whirlwind of 24 hours for Fred VanVleet. Before Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals, VanVleet was on his way back to Rockford, Illinois, to be with his family for the birth of his second child, Fred Jr.  Being with family was exactly what the Raptors point guard needed.  In a critical ... Read more

A Look Back: Complete Team Domination in Raptors Game 4 Win

Kawhi Leonard was not going to be his usual dominant self.  He had played 52 minutes in a double-overtime win for the Toronto Raptors in Game 3. Given that the Eastern Conference Finals was played every other night, the Raptors superstar needed time to recover.  Down 2-1 in the series, the Raptors needed to win ... Read more