Raptors Return Home…Hopefully Show a Pulse

I don’t think I’ve ever seen a tweet sum up my feelings 100% before. But there it is. That tweet is everything so far that I’ve experienced in only TWO games against the Cavs. After waiting an entire season, and getting so hyped about the trade deadline additions, the Raps…have been just getting dummied. There’s been no defense, they can’t shoot, turnovers galore, DeRozan is -50 so far, and Lowry’s ankle is now an issue. I didn’t expect to beat the greatest player in the world, but I expected some fight against him. That’s the best part about playing LeBron. It’s pushing him too the limit. But instead he’s out there drinking beers and having a laugh this time around. But Wednesday night seemed different. It felt like a franchise altering L. This was the year the Raps went all in, and instead are looking like they will be swept faster and easier than the terrible Indiana Pacers. The roster will be blown up with only DeRozan remaining unless they tie this thing up at home like last season. Do I expect that? No. This team is lacking one big thing that all teams need in the playoffs which is the edge. Now usually I hate when reporters use that term or narrative. But in this case it’s true. Last season Biyombo brought that edge. The guy wasn’t afraid of anyone on the Cavs. It made a difference, with the team, with the crowd, even with the Cavs. Hopefully I’m wrong and this isn’t the last time we see Lowry, Ibaka, and Casey at the ACC. But since there are literally ZERO highlights from the first two games, lets bask in playoff Raps Biyombo.

PS- Love how in any absurd or ridiculous situation that occurs on this planet now. The internet finds a Simpsons clip that fits perfectly with it. These young kids today will never appreciate or understand how funny and ahead of the time that show was.

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I’m Done With Game 1’s

 

I don’t know what it is with this team and game 1’s. Every single series they always start down a game. I can’t understand why they are never ready to play. Missing open shots, turning the ball over a ton, not getting to the line enough. It’s just so frustrating. I pray Wednesday we see a different team. We have too. Otherwise this is a sweep like the Wizards in 2015.

Raps Demolish Bucks, Regain Momentum

What a win…what a win. Last night was the playoff game that we have been waiting for from this group. Ibaka was blocking and dunking on everyone, Norman cranked up the dial, DeRozan scoring at will, the rotation of Tucker/Carroll disrupting the Bucks, and even Cory Joseph looked great despite having the flu. It might take Dwane Casey some time, but every series he finds an adjustment when it matters the most. If I’m Casey, after this series I’m trying to Norman Powell extended for saving my job. Sure there are some things that keep me up at night. Lowry’s back being so bad that he can’t sit on the bench, but has to lie down on the hardwood is something I mentally need to block out. I can’t handle going to Cleveland with Irving and not having the Lowman at 100%. And if anyone who speaks Lithuanian out there can tell JV to be a MAN IN THE POST. That would calm my fears down a lot. But who cares right? Lets drink in last nights dunk city.

 

 

 

 

 

Raps Even the Series, Bucks Fans Chant “Bucks in Six!”

Look let’s be honest here. This series has not gone the way that we have wanted it too. It’s been full of sporadic defense, horrible turnovers, and just unbelievable horrid shooting from the Raptors. Until the second half of game four on Saturday, I actually was beginning to question if this team was giving up. Like I couldn’t believe that the most well-built team in Raptors history was getting worked by these young Bucks. But then finally DeRozan, Ibaka, and Norman Powell put the team on their back. My mood went from a guy who was melting in his chair, to this…

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I was fired up! Wait! Still is fired up! I really thought about grilling some venison, and firing off some Eric Foreman memes at the glove state. But then I saw something that made my heart grow like the Grinch’s in that movie at the end of the game.

Yes! I absolutely LOVE THAT MOVE! Look there’s nothing better in sports than the shit talking that fans do with one another. I love the confidence by this little town in Wisconsin. It’s what makes the playoffs awesome. All these little dairy farmers finally getting some glow for something other than cheese is cute. It’s so adorable, it makes me want to pat them on the head and say “good job, your now finally big boys now.” It’s not always easy to get our busy metropolises attention. But as my boy Chaz Palminteri says “now youse can’t escape us.” If I wasn’t confident before game 4, I now am super confident. Were playing this bad and it’s STILL even???? HA! LETS GO!

Update: Confidence down a little bit

Update #2: Confidence is dropping dramatically…(brewing large amounts of coffee and roaming the streets to reassure self)

P.S. Did the MLSE fire all their graphic design people? These shirts are so brutal this season. Seriously what is this?

 

Kadri Gets the Leafs Going, Game 4 Tonight

https://www.nhl.com/video/embed/kadris-two-big-hits-on-orpik/t-288497776/c-51516903?autostart=false

Well I don’t think I’ve ever been so wrong about a series in my life. Yes, I am aware this is far from over. But I didn’t give these guys a chance. I was expecting a sweep, with this Capitals team being so loaded and this Leafs team being so young, small, and injury riddled.

Now for years, this team has been so fun to “hate watch” as a non leafer in Toronto. They were confident, untalented, absurd, and overpaid. Fans threw everything from jerseys to waffles on the ice. But one guy who always cracked me up was Kadri. The guy just wants to win and doesn’t care how he does it. Game 3 showed off peak Kadri. It’s like a switch goes off in this guy’s head, and this time he decided to become a missile screaming at Orpik. It’s laugh out loud funny. It’s wild stuff like this that makes playoff hockey so great.

Still…Capitals in 6.

Raptors Playoff Preview

NBA: Toronto Raptors at Brooklyn Nets

Well it’s finally here people. The day that we have all been waiting for since last summer when LeBron ripped our hearts out. It’s time for another journey towards the that weird looking Larry O’Brein Trophy. It’s not gonna be easy folks. Were are going to have to go through the Bucks, Cavs, Celtics, or Warriors/Rockets/Spurs. But you know what? THAT IS WHAT I WANT. To be the best, you have to DESTROY the rest of the NBA. It could be the greatest run in basketball postseason history in my own mind. But before we start getting ahead of ourselves here, let’s do a quick breakdown of the first series we encounter.

The Milwaukee Bucks are the first bunch of guys up. Now normally if they were playing anyone other than the Raptors I’d be pulling for them. They are a young team with one of the most exciting players to watch in Giannis Antetokounmpo. If there was another team I’m hesitant to face in the first round, it’s the Bucks. Antetokounmpo lives up to his name as the “Greek Freak.” He led the entire Bucks team in points, rebounds, assists, blocks, and steals. He can play any position 1-5, and is a match-up nightmare with the ability to take over a game himself. With just him, the Bucks have a shot in this series. But Antetokounmpo has shown that he struggles from the perimeter. This is where the Raptors revamped front-court has the big advantage over the Bucks. The consistent rotation of Carroll, Tucker, and Ibaka, forcing him outside allows the Raptors to take advantage of the rest of the floor. The back-court of Lowry and DeRozan will have the space to score in this match-up. If both of these guys struggle against the duo of Brogdon and Snell, this series could go six, heck even seven games. I really believe that this is a scenario that this team can’t afford with Cleveland in the next round.

But the Raptors in general are just too complete of a team. Their bench is better, and deeper than anything they’ve ever had before in the playoffs. Outside of Giannis, the Bucks lack scoring. It also doesn’t help that the Raptors after obtaining Ibaka, and Tucker, became one of the elite defensive teams in the NBA. The Raptors should win this series in five games with how much better they are at both ends of the floor. But if Jonas Valanciunas can finally dominate inside, a possible sweep is not out of the question.

So with that explained it’s time to fire up the Future/Panda mix!

Leafs vs. Caps Preview

It’s been awhile, but playoff hockey is finally back in the city. As a person who isn’t a Leaf fan, and usually can’t stand the maniacs of “Leaf Nation.” I’ll even admit that it is nice for them to get this. After years of mediocrity, and an UNBELIEVABLE tank job last season, the Leafs stunned everyone (including myself) at somehow getting here. But unfortunately for them, they get to take on the President Trophy winning Capitals.

Now simply put the Capitals are bigger, stronger, faster, more skilled, and have the better goaltender. They are a complete team. It’s the best team that Ovechkin has ever had in his time in Washington. There isn’t a position on paper where the Leafs have the upper hand. It also appears that the Leaf defense is also going to be without one of their better dmen in Nikita Zaitsev too.

If Freddy Anderson’s job didn’t already look impossible, the fact that Roman Polak is expected to be on the first line highlights how mammoth of a challenge this is. But! The Capitals have blown series that they were expected to win…practically every year. President Trophy winners have been taken out by teams in the first round before. It also helps that the Leafs playing with house money. They aren’t expected to be here, they have absolutely nothing to lose. At this point if they stole a single game in this series, I could see Washington fans questioning if Trotz is the right guy behind the bench. All of these factors are why I think it will be a quick 4-0 sweep by the Caps. They are just simply too talented and deep of a roster. Sure the Leafs proved me and a ton of people wrong with making it to the dance. It just isn’t going to happen in this series. I just hope they don’t get dummied too bad, otherwise we will all be subjected to the lame talking point of “learning how to win through loss” all summer here.

Enjoy the hype video though!