Gameday: Raptors @ 76ers, Dec. 22

As the Raptors head into Philadelphia for a game against the 76ers, the injury report looks like a nightmare. Kawhi Leonard is out for sure, Lowry-Ibaka-Green are all questionable, and Valanciunas is of course, out. The bench mob that we’ve been lamenting as underperforming enters the limelight as starters, and against a 76ers team with…

Switch-Defense and Turnovers Fuel a Late Comeback

The first game back after a trip out west and the Raptors faced the Eastern Conference’s most underrated team. The Pacers, fresh off a loss to the Cavaliers – the east runs through Cleveland – were looking for a bounce back win against the “best” team in the league. Still without ‘Mike’ Lowry, and Serge Ibaka,…

Poor Shot-Making and Incredible Effort – Raptors First Feel Good Loss

The 4th and final game of the vaunted west coast road trip. A tough game regardless of bad luck or injuries, against the Western Conference’s one-seed, to boot. One more thing, the Raptors were missing Kyle Lowry, Fred VanVleet, Jonas Valanciunas and Norman Powell. There are no excuses in this league – none that carry…

Quick Reaction: Raptors 86, Nuggets 95

Tough. Danny Green’s grade isn’t in the graphic – He was wily as ever on defense and did a lot of the tertiary playmaking tonight. Attacked close-outs, put Jamal Murray in tough positions in the post, and missed a few more shots than we liked. The grade for him is a “B”. Toronto 86 Final…

Lillard and Nurkic Prove too much for Raptors

Hours – I’m not sure how many, so we’re using an umbrella here – before tipoff, Kyle Lowry was announced as unavailable for last night’s game against the Blazers. Almost as if the basketball gods wanted the hot takes to be extra spicy after the game, Kawhi Leonard started. The Blazers who were mostly healthy,…

Gameday: Raptors @ Trail Blazers, Dec. 14

Earlier this year, for the first time in their history, the Raptors swept the vaunted west-coast road trip. Going 4-0, largely on the back of the still scalding hot, Kyle Lowry. At 23-7 and with the back-to-back swept, the Raptors are trying to do it again. First up in the latter half of the road…

The Post-up Lives on as Raptors Rout Warriors

On the second night of a back-to-back and without resident Superstar Kawhi Leonard, the Raptors looked like meagre opponents to the team’s pundits and the Warriors. Lowry solidified his return to form and the Raptors hatched a terrific game plan to stymy the Warriors. With Leonard out, Coach Nurse opted for the same starting line-up…

Quick Reaction: Raptors 123, Clippers 99

The grades are very generous tonight. Kumbaya my lord… Toronto 123 Final Box Score 99 LA Clippers A P. Siakam27 MIN, 13 PTS, 3 REB, 5 AST, 1 STL, 6-9 FG, 1-2 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 1 TO, 29 +/- The world’s largest Swiss-army knife. He is an amorphous blob of whatever the Raptors…

Gameday: Raptors @ Clippers, Dec. 11

*Edit* Kawhi Leonard is Questionable tonight with a bruised hip. Before we get started, I’m going to piggyback off of the wonderfully irreverent Eric Koreen, who summed up the next six days well enough: “This is a 21-7 team with some problems, but at least they are going out on a brutal four-game Western Conference…

Rotations and Mid-Range Jumpers Topple the Raptors

Usually my recaps involve walking back through the game in real time, and occasionally stopping for jokes. I imagine this game would be a lot less fun to walk through, so this won’t be a narrative driven recap. We’ll talk about good-bad things, while breaking down some gameplay, and visiting some quotes. A grimy performance…

Gameday: Raptors @ Nets, Dec. 7

After a hearty win over the 76ers, the Raptors make the short trip to Brooklyn for a meeting with the Nets. Suiting up against the NBA’s “worst” team, as the Nets have dropped 8 games in a row. Losing a lot of their “mojo” when the shifty Caris Levert got injured. The Raptors on the…