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 Finish Bucks, But the 905ers Win the D-League Title

That’s it folks. The Raps went into Milwaukee last night, put on a show, almost blew a 25 point lead, but they pulled it off. Am I going to address the problem that this team has with closing games? Absolutely not! I’m gonna forget it. Cause the Bucks are gone. It’s now all about Cleveland. It’s what we have been waiting for around here. I could care less about Jason Kidd blowing kisses at Ibaka. Just give me seven games vs King James. That’s all I’m asking here. I’m a simple man who is desperate for some hardware. So desperate that I’m about to gloat about the D-League title the 905ers won last night. But before that, lets drink in this tweet that aged well from Governor Scott Walker.

But on to the title talk. The 905 Raptors brought the hardware to Peel Region with an impressive 122-96 domination over the Rio Grande Valley Vipers. The Raptors youth of Fred Van Vleet, Bruno Caboclo, and Finals MVP Pascal Siakam, put on show for the Sauga crowd.

But what does this mean for the Raps? Well it means a couple of things. The first being that good drafting and development allows holes to be easily be filled from free agency this summer. The second thing, is that Jerry Stackhouse will soon be a head coach somewhere else. It’s been remarkable to watch him succeed into a role that many players frankly just stink at when they retire. The last thing it means is PARADE TIME PEOPLE!

Lets see the madness!

Even members of media are still in awe of this achievement.

But seriously though, this is really awesome. It’s actually great that this franchise has tons of stuff to celebrate after the years of downright horrible management. But also to the fans of Mississauga who really pack the Hershey Center so these guys aren’t hearing crickets when they play. Oh, and of course the GOAT showed up at today’s festivities.

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

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!

Lowry Returns, Leads Comeback

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Toronto Star- Any concern about Kyle Lowry needing plenty of time getting used to playing NBA games again was unfounded. Playing in his first game after missing more than five weeks because of surgery on his right wrist, Lowry was outstanding, scoring 27 points and adding 10 assists in 42 minutes Wednesday night as the Raptors rallied from a 20-point first-half deficit to beat the Detroit Pistons 105-102 in their final visit to the Palace of Auburn Hills.

The LowMan is back people. I’m still so amped up after last nights game. The grin on my face this morning, hasn’t been this noticeable since the Ibaka trade. The rest of the Eastern Conference has to be shaking in their boots after this game. Sure most people are talking about LeBron straight up bullying the Celtics in Boston last night. But Lowry who hasn’t played since the All-Star game, casually putting up a double-double while leading the Raps in a twenty point comeback is amazing. I couldn’t have asked for a better game to put my mind at ease. Going into it I was like a worried mother asking will he find his rhythm? What if this is being rushed? Will the wrist still affect his shot? Can he play aggressive like he did before this injury? All of that was answered after the first half. My only problem was that he didn’t announce his return to the NBA like John Wick.

BRING ME ATLANTA!! BRING ME BOSTON!!! BRING ME CLEVELAND!!!! WITH OR WITHOUT KEVIN LOVE!!!

BREAKING NEWS! LOWRY IS BACK!

I know this is late, and the game has technically already started. But finally we get to see what this team was supposed to look like after the trade deadline. For once the most complete team in the entire existence of the Raptors is finally on the court. I don’t care if we lose or even with this game. They need to develop that cohesiveness for the playoff run. Tonight is just the beginning of a long journey. Lets Go.

Biggest Two Games of the Raptors Season

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Look…I’m just gonna be straight forward and simple. Because that’s what the tens of people who read this blog ask me for. These upcoming two games with the Wizards WILL DECIDE THE RAPTORS SEASON. Going 0-2, basically wipes out any chance the Raptors have of clinching that second seed in the east.

But! This team is en fuego since the Ibaka and Tucker trades. Even with Lowry out for the regular season, this team is in a BETTER position against the Wizards. They now have the size, the ability to stretch the floor, and a better frontcourt than the Wizards.

Whoa…I just quickly convinced myself that the Raptors can easily do this. Sure im ignoring the lethal combination of Beal and Wall who still haunt me from 2015. But this team is different! I don’t think I’ve ever been so jacked up about a Raptors team in my life since the post Rudy Gay dream run in 2014/15…LETS DO THIS!